Man hurt after truck overturns on van

Man hurt after truck overturns on van

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The scene of the incident in Gort – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Update: Two trains were delayed by 90 minutes as a result of the collisions but services have returned to normal.

One man has been hospitalised after a truck overturned onto a parked van in Co Galway this evening.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm at Bridge Street in Gort.

A truck carrying scrap metal collided with a railway bridge before rolling over onto the van.

The vehicle had been parked at the time with just the driver inside however he managed to escape through the passenger side door.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Local gardaí and fire crews rushed to the scene while the National Ambulance Service also mobilised resources from Ennis to the scene.

Iarnród Éireann engineers are currently carrying out an inspection of the bridge to see whether it has been damaged in the collision. 

It’s thought that the trucks jib crane collided with the bridge before crashing onto the parked van. The truck driver was not injured.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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