UPDATE: Woman dies following N68 road collision

UPDATE: Woman dies following N68 road collision

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The scene of the tragedy near Darragh – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Update:

Thursday – 11.25pm – Gardaí have confirmed that the 41-year-old female pedestrian has died in hospital.

In a statement tonight, a spokesman said: “The road is currently closed to traffic and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will begin examining the crash site at first light. The local Coroner will be notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station 065-6848100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

A forensic examintion of the scene is continuing this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Earlier: A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she was struck by a car in Co Clare this evening.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, was crossing the main N68 Ennis to Kilrush road near Darragh at around 7.30pm when she was hit by the vehicle.

The woman was treated at the scene before being rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. She is said to be in a critical condition. The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, is understood to have escaped injury.

A number of ambulances and Garda patrols responded to the incident while three units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station were later mobilised to the scene.

Fire crews set up lighting to illuminate the scene for local Garda crime scene investigators as they carried out a preliminary examination of the site. It’s expected however that the road will remain closed until forensic collision investigators visit the scene tomorrow.

A one kilometre stretch of the N68 has been closed and traffic diverted away from the area as Gardaí preserve the scene overnight.

Gardaí at Ennis are investigating the collision and have appealed for witnesses to come forward if they passed the location around the time of the incident and saw anything that might assist them with their investigation.

Ennis Gardaí can be contacted on 065 6848100.

Tonight’s collision occurred on the same road and just a few kilometres from where an 84-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle collision late last month.

In 2009, two men died in a head-on collision at Bansha, Darragh about two kilometres on the other side of where tonight’s crashed happened.

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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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