Three unhurt after car overturns into stream

Three unhurt after car overturns into stream


Emergency services from Ennis and Gort responded to the collision – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Three people had a lucky escape this afternoon after their car overturned into a stream in Co Clare.

The single vehicle accident happened at around 2.50pm on the R458 Ennis to Galway road. The vehicle is believed to have lost control and ploughed through a ditch and into a stream below. The crash happened about three kilometres from Crusheen.

The alarm was raised and emergency services from Ennis, Co Clare and Gort in Galway responded to the incident.

Gardaí were first to arrive at the scene where they were met by a woman and two young men. All three had managed to escape from the car when it started to fill with water. They climbed up the ditch onto the roadway

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennis along with an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit responded to the incident. Two units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service from Gort station also

Firefighters had to don personal flotation devices before they could enter the stream and make the car safe. The vehicle was later lifted from the water on the roadside before it was recovered by a tow truck.

All three occupants were assessed at the scene by National Ambulance Service paramedics but were found to be uninjured.

Gardaí from Ennis are investigating 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.