Gardaí are investigating a serious single-vehicle road traffic collision that occurred in Co Clare overnight.
A young woman is reported to be in a critical condition in hospital following the crash which happened at around 2.30am on the old Ennis to Galway R458 road at Cappanapeasta about two kilometres north of Crusheen.
The driver, a girl in her late teens, is understood to have been travelling alone at the time and that her car left the road.
Gardaí, National Ambulance Service paramedics and two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station responded to the incident. The driver was treated at the scene before she was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
The road is closed for several kilometres from the turn-off for Tubber just north of Crusheen and won’t reopen until Garda Forensic Collision Investigators have completed their examination of the scene.
Diversions are in place with traffic being diverted via the R462 towards Tulla at Lough Cutra and traffic diverted towards Boston and Gort in Crusheen.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has information, who may have witnessed the incident or who may have video/dash-cam footage, to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100; the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111, or any Garda Station.”
The R-458 Crusheen to Gort Road is currently closed following a road traffic accident earlier this morning. Diversions will be in place, traffic diverted via R-462 towards Tulla at Lough Cutra and traffic diverted towards Boston and Gort in Crusheen. pic.twitter.com/Z2Ob3BReQO
— Clare County Council (@ClareCoCo) March 7, 2023