One airlifted to hospital following Rineen crash

One airlifted to hospital following Rineen crash


The HSE/Air Corps Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance airlifting the casualty to hospital – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

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

The two-car head-on crash happened at around 12.30pm at Rineen on the N67 Miltown Malbay to Lahinch road.

Two ambulances responded to the incident along with Gardaí and two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennistymon station.

A number of people were assessed at the scene by a National Ambulance Service paramedics and an advanced paramedic however just one man was reported to have suffered serious injuries.

It was decided that the man should be airlifted to hospital rather than travel over 90 minutes by road to University Hospital Galway (UHG). The man is understood to have suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Athlone-based HSE/Irish Air Corps Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance was dispatched to Lahinch, just a few kilometres from the scene. The injured man was then transported by road ambulance to meet the helicopter before he was flown to UHG for treatment.

The road was closed for a time while emergency services dealt with the incident.

It’s understood that one of vehicles crossed the centre line into the path the second oncoming car. None of the other occupants of the vehicles were seriously hurt.

Gardaí from Ennistymon are investigating the cause 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.