Man trapped beneath van at scene of collision

Man trapped beneath van at scene of collision


The scene of the collision on the R466 near O’Briensbridge this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A motorist who jumped out of his car to flag down oncoming traffic was struck by a van and left trapped in a stream.

It’s understood that three separate incidents occurred at the same location on the R466 Broadford to O’Briensbridge road shortly before 9.00am.

Clare County Council was in the process of gritting the road when the first collision occurred. The gritting truck was just moments from completing the section of road when the first crash happened.

It’s believed that one car lost control on the ice and collided with a ditch while a second vehicle also crashed nearby.

The driver of the second car is understood to have jumped from his vehicle in an effort to warn oncoming traffic but he was struck by a van and left trapped in a stream and beneath the vehicle.

A council lorry was in the process of gritting the road at the time of the collisions – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Units of the fire brigade from Killaloe and Limerick City responded to the incident along with ambulances and garda patrols.

Fire crews used specialised equipment to free the trapped driver who is understood to have suffered a broken leg. He was taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The van driver and the occupant of the other car were uninjured.

After the vehicles were removed from the scene, a council lorry gritted the road before it was reopened at around 11.15am.



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.