Woman and two children injured in Doolin crash

Woman and two children injured in Doolin crash


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision in Co Clare this afternoon.

Two children were also injured in the crash and were transported by road to hospital in Galway.

The two-vehicle collision happened at around 1.50pm near Doolin on the R479 road between the village and the local national school.

Three ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit were mobilised to the incident along the Gardaí. Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon and an additional appliance and crew from Ennis were sent to the scene.

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to remove the woman from one of the vehicles. It’s understood she had been visiting the area from overseas.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) was requested to provide air support. The Athlone-based air ambulance, operated by the Irish Air Corps and National Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene. The carpark of the local school was safely secured to allow the helicopter land close to the scene.

The circumstances of the collision are being investigated by Gardaí from Ennistymon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The woman was airlifted to University Hospital Galway while the two children were taken to the same facility by road ambulance. The other occupants of the vehicles escaped injury and did not require hospitalisation.

The road remained closed until an examination of the scene was concluded. The two vehicles were later recovered from the scene and will undergo further technical examination.

Gardaí from Ennistymon are investigating the circumstances of the collision.

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.