Two injured in N68 collision

Two injured in N68 collision


Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to safely release the injured driver of this car – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Two people have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, following a two car collision near Darragh this morning. 

The crash happened shortly before 8.00am at Drummeen West about 6 kilometres from Ennis on the N68 Ennis to Kilrush road.

The two cars collided head-on and spun out of control, before coming to a stop on opposite sides of the road.

Emergency services were alerted and told that there were multiple casualties and that some were trapped.

Two units of the fire brigade, two ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit along with gardaí from Ennis responded to the scene.

On arrival at the scene, first responders found there was one occupant in each car and that just one driver was trapped.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

While paramedics assessed and treated the female driver of one car, firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to remove the roof and doors from the second vehicle.

A man was safely removed from that car about 30 minutes after the collision had occurred.

The road remained closed pending competition of a technical examination but has since reopened.

Both casualties have been removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The woman is understood to have sustained minor injuries while the male driver was more seriously hurt however his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.


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.