Woman in lucky escape near rail line

Woman in lucky escape near rail line

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The scene of this mornings collision near Cratloe – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A woman had lucky escape yesterday when a security fence and some shrubbery was all that prevented her car from crashing onto a live railway line.

The woman was driving along the R462 that links the Sixmilebridge road with the N18 Limerick to Galway dual-carriageway when she lost control of the vehicle.

The incident occurred at sound 9am near Cratloe when the car left the road and mounted a ditch before smashing into security fencing. Several panels of the steel fencing were demolished but prevented the car from ending up on the tracks.

Two units of the fire brigade from Shannon along with an ambulance and several Garda patrols responded to the incident.

The collision happened at level crossing that provides access to a local farm but not used by the general public. The car missed the crossing gates by inches but pushed the fencing inwards towards the rail tracks.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Irish Rail maintenance personnel were also requested to attend the scene to ensure the damaged fencing did not prove a threat to train operations on or security of the rail line.

The woman was treated at the scene and removed to hospital for further examination. She was not seriously injured.

Last month, one person was hospitalised following a collision at the exact same location that involved a car and a van. An elderly man in a car lost control and careered across the road before ploughing into an oncoming van.

While the collision occurred at the crossing, neither vehicle collided with the gate or fencing and train operations were not affected.

In 2012, a train collided with a tractor at the same crossing however no one was 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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