Child critically injured in N85 crash

Child critically injured in N85 crash

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Air Corps 112 taking off from the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Update:

5.05pm – The N85 has been reopened following the collision.

4.05pm – The injured child has been airlifted from University Hospital Limerick to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin.

2.15pm – Gardaí at Ennistymon have appealed for any witnesses to the collision to contact them.

Superintendent John Galvin said: “We are appealing to anyone who might be able to help us to contact Ennistymon station. Anyone was driving along the road at the time or who has any information, no matter how small it may seem, could help us piece together what happened,” Supt Galvin said.

Ennistymon Garda station can be contacted on 065 7072180.

Earlier: A young girl has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition following a road traffic collision in Co Clare this morning.

The two-vehicle crash happened at around 9.15am on the main N85 Ennis to Ennistymon road near Inagh.

Three ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit rushed to the scene.

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon along with gardaí from Ennistymon and Ennis also responded to the incident.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance landed in a field close to the scene after being requested by paramedics.

The young girl was treated for a time at the scene before being taken by helicopter to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The drivers of the cars, both men, were also transported to hospital with one reported to be in a serious condition.

The N85 road remains closed north of Inagh with diversions in place while a forensic collision investigation is currently underway.

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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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