Four cyclists hospitalised following race pile-up

Four cyclists hospitalised following race pile-up

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Cyclists sprint to the finish of todays stage of the event – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Four people have been taken to hospital after they were involved in a pile-up during a cycle race Co Clare this afternoon.

The cyclists had been taking part in the Junior Tour of Ireland event and it’s understood that as many as 12 people were involved in the pile-up.

The incident occurred at around midday on the main N85 Ennis to Lahinch road near the village of Inagh.

Four cyclists sustained injuries and received immediate medical attention from the crews of two Clare Civil Defence ambulances that are accompanying the race through Clare.

Civil Defence medics were able to assess and treat the casualties at the scene while they waited for National Ambulance Service paramedics to arrive from Ennis.

Two of the injured have been taken to University Hospital Limerick while two others are receiving treatment at the minor injuries unit at Ennis General Hospital.

It’s understood that none of the cyclists, all of whom are male, have been seriously injured while the event is continuing through north and west Clare.

Fire crews from Ennistymon and Gardaí also attended the incident.

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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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