Man due in court following Tulla crash

Man due in court following Tulla crash

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The van in which a 60-year-old man was seriously injured near Tulla on Tuesday – © Pat Flynn 2014

A 31-year-old man is expected to appear in court this morning charged in connection with a serious road traffic collision in Co Clare on Tuesday morning.

Another driver, a 60-year-old man, has been left in a serious condition in hospital following the two-vehicle incident that happened at around 7.20am at Pappy’s Cross on the main R352 Ennis to Scarriff road.

The man, who was travelling to work at the time, was left trapped in his Volkswagen van after a Ford car smashed into it at a junction just a kilometre from Tulla.

He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery. Yesterday, his condition is said to have improved although he remains seriously ill.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene before emergency services had arrived and despite a search of the area by garadí, there was no sign of the man.

A short time later however, a man presented himself at Ennis General Hospital with injuries. He was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment while gardaí were notified.

Gardaí travelled to the hospital and remained there until the man had been declared medically fit to be interviewed.

On Tuesday night, gardaí arrested a 31-year-old man and took him to Killaloe garda station for questioning.

He was charged last night (Wednesday) and is due to appear at a special sitting of Ennis District Court this morning.

Ennis Court House - © Pat Flynn 2014
A man is due to appear in court this morning in connection with the collision – © Pat Flynn 2014

The road remained closed for almost 8 hours on Tuesday while a forensic examination was undertaken. Both vehicles were also removed from the scene for further technical examination.

The investigation into the collision is continuing with gardaí seeking witnesses to the incident which occurred while people may have been travelling to work in nearby Tulla or the surrounding area.

Sgt Annette Ryan of Killaloe said: “This was a serious collision that resulted in serious injury. It happened at around 7.20am on the main Ennis to Scarriff road.”

We would ask anyone who travelled this road between 7.00 and 7.30am, or who was in the area of Pappy’s Cross at the time, or anyone who may have travelled the road from Tulla to that junction, to contact us if they saw anything or witnessed this collision,” Sgt Ryan added.

Gardaí at Killaloe can be contacted on 061 620540.

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