Man killed in N18 collision

Man killed in N18 collision

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A man has died in a road traffic collision in Co Clare.

The incident occurred at around 2.10pm on the N18 dual-carriageway southbound between Shannon and Bunratty.

The Landrover vehicle, which was hauling a trailer with cattle at the time, overturned in the overtaking lane. The vehicle rolled onto its roof before the roof collapsed, trapping the driver and sole occupant inside.

Multiple National Ambulance Service (NAS) resources were dispatched to the incident including ambulances, a rapid response advanced paramedic unit and senior NAS personnel.

Three units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Shannon station along with additional units from Ennis and several Garda units were also mobilised to the scene.

On arrival, emergency services personnel found one person was still trapped in the vehicle and efforts quickly began to free him. Fire service personnel used cutting equipment to allow paramedics access to the patient.

Fire crews also used airbags to safely lift the vehicle however, despite the best efforts of ambulance and fire service personnel, the man died at the scene. His body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem will take place at a later date.

It’s understood the victim is a man in his late 40s from Co Limerick.

The road will remain closed until Garda Forensic Collision Investigators complete their examination of the scene. Gardaí have closed the section of road from the Junction 6 Sixmilebridge and Junction 7 Bunratty.

Gardaí from Shannon are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

A Garda spokesman said: “Investigating Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. They are particularly appealing to any road users who were travelling on this road at the time with camera footage to make this available to them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shannon Garda station on 061 365 900, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

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