Woman killed in Kilrush collision

Woman killed in Kilrush collision



9.55pm – The N68 has now reopened.

An elderly woman has died in a road traffic collision in Co Clare this evening.

The incident occurred at around 4.00pm on the main N68 Kilrush to Ennis road on the outskirts of the West Clare town close to the local golf club. The head-on crash involved a car and a fuel truck.

It appears that the woman, believed to be in her early 70s, may have lost control of her car which crossed the road before colliding with the oncoming truck. The lorry driver was uninjured.

Two units of Kilrush Fire Brigade along with an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit responded to the incident.

Paramedics are understood to have spent over 30 minutes battling to resuscitate the woman however she was pronounced dead at the scene at around 4.40pm.

Her body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will take place later.

Garda forensic collision investigators are conducting an examination of the scene this evening.

Gardaí at Kilrush are investigating the circumstances of the collision and have asked that anyone who travelled the Kilrush to Ennis road at around the time of the incident to contact them if they witnessed the collision; have any information about the incident or have dashcam footage that might assist Gardaí with their investigation.

Gardaí at Kilrush can be contacted on 065 9080550 while the Garda confidential line is 1800 666111.

The road is expected to reopen later this evening.


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.