Four cyclists hospitalised following race pile-up

Four cyclists hospitalised following race pile-up

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Cyclists sprint to the finish of todays stage of the event – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Four people have been taken to hospital after they were involved in a pile-up during a cycle race Co Clare this afternoon.

The cyclists had been taking part in the Junior Tour of Ireland event and it’s understood that as many as 12 people were involved in the pile-up.

The incident occurred at around midday on the main N85 Ennis to Lahinch road near the village of Inagh.

Four cyclists sustained injuries and received immediate medical attention from the crews of two Clare Civil Defence ambulances that are accompanying the race through Clare.

Civil Defence medics were able to assess and treat the casualties at the scene while they waited for National Ambulance Service paramedics to arrive from Ennis.

Two of the injured have been taken to University Hospital Limerick while two others are receiving treatment at the minor injuries unit at Ennis General Hospital.

It’s understood that none of the cyclists, all of whom are male, have been seriously injured while the event is continuing through north and west Clare.

Fire crews from Ennistymon and Gardaí also attended the incident.

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