Man injured after car collides with tree

Man injured after car collides with tree

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The scene of the collision on the N68 near Caherea.

Update

3.45pm – The N68 has been fully reopened following the earlier collision.

Earlier: One man has been seriously injured after his car collided with a tree in Co Clare this morning.

The single vehicle collision occurred at around 9.30am on the N68 Ennis to Kilrush road close to Caherea National School.

It’s understood the man was travelling west towards Kilrush when his car crossed the road and crashed sideways into a tree. The vehicle was left facing front-down into the ditch following the collision.

Two ambulances and two units of the fire brigade from Ennis responded to the incident along with several Garda units. Gardaí quickly set up diversions and rerouted traffic away from the area.

Fire crews used specialist cutting equipment to remove the driver’s side of the vehicle so they could safely remove the injured man.

The casualty was handed into the care of National Ambulance Service (NAS) paramedics and removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

A section of the road remains closed pending completion of an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

The man is reported to be in a serious condition.

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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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