Man in critical condition after Limerick crash

Man in critical condition after Limerick crash

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Fire crews and paramedics remove the injured man from the scene.

Update:

15.45 – The N18 Ennis to Limerick road at Clondrinagh has reopened following the earlier crash.

Earlier: A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following an early morning crash close to the Limerick/Clare border.

The single-vehicle collision happened at around 2.30pm at Clondrinagh close to Coonagh Cross shopping centre.

The Black BMW lost control and ploughed through a roundabout before crossing the road and smashing into a large sign.

Fire crews from Limerick City used cutting equipment to remove the roof from the car before the man could be safely removed. He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment before being transferred later to Cork University Hospital where he is understood to have undergone surgery.

Section of the N18 was closed from the roundabout at the Radisson Hotel to Clondrinagh and was only reopened this afternoon after a forensic examination of the scene was concluded.

Before the car was removed from the scene, a garda sniffer dog was brought in to search the car and the area around the crash scene.

Traffic travelling from Clare to Limerick was badly affected with vehicles being redirected via the Old Cratloe Road or the Limerick Tunnel.

The road was reopened at around 3.00pm.

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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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