Latest: Drivers 'lucky to be alive' following two-car crash in Limerick

By David Raleigh

Update 9.10pm: A man had a miraculous escape after his car was impaled with a large rod in a horrific two-car collision, in Co Limerick. Wednesday.

The man, aged in his early 30s, was driving a navy blue BMW which was in a collision with a light blue Opel car, gardaí said.

The large rod — believed to have been part of one of the vehicles’ impact bars — sheared through the man’s car above a front wheel, before it came to a rest, wedged underneath the steering wheel at the driver’s seat.

The man was airlifted from the scene by an Irish Air Corps air ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

It is believed the man suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Opel, a woman in her early 20s, was brought to UHL by an HSE ambulance.

Her condition is believed to be stable.

Both drivers were being treated for severe shock.

“They’re lucky to be alive by the looks of it. They were both cut out of the wreckage by the fire service,” said a source.

“The roofs of both cars had to be cut out in order to extract the two casualties,” they added.

A Garda spokesman said the incident occurred at around 4.20pm on the Newcastle West to Dromcollogher Road (R522), a short distance from Dromcollogher village.

Gardai said they believed both drivers were being treated for "non life threatening" injuries.

Two HSE ambulances and two units of Newcastle West Fire Service attended the scene.

The road was closed and traffic diversions put in place before the scene reopened Wednesday night.

Gardaí at Newcastle West are investigating the collision.

They have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 069-20650.

Earlier: Appeal for witnesses after man airlifted to hospital following two-car crash in Limerick

By David Raleigh

Update 7.40pm: A man was airlifted to hospital this evening after sustaining injuries in a two-car collision in Co Limerick.

The man, aged in his 30s, was driving a vehicle which was in a collision with another car, driven by a woman in her early 20s, gardaí said.

The incident occurred at around 4.20pm on the Newcastle West to Dromcollogher Road (R522), a short distance from Dromcollogher.

Gardaí said both casualties were taken to University Hospital Limerick for "non life threatening" injuries.

The man was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Air Corps air ambulance.

Two HSE ambulances and two units of Newcastle West Fire Service also attended the scene.

The road was closed and traffic diversions put in place.

Gardaí at Newcastle West have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 069-20650.

Earlier: Air ambulance requested to attend two-car collision in Limerick

By David Raleigh

Update 6.30pm: The Irish Air Corps air ambulance has been requested to attend the scene of a serious two-car collision in Co Limerick this evening, gardaí said.

The two-car collision occurred shortly before 5pm, a few kilometres outside Dromcollogher, along the Newcastle West to Feoghanagh road.

Gardaí said a man and a woman who were the drivers of both vehicles, were injured, however their injuries, while believed to be serious, are not thought to be life-threatening.

There are no reports of any other persons involved in the collision.

Gardaí said the road has been closed and diversions have been put in place.

Two HSE ambulances and two units of the Newcastle West Fire Service are attending the scene.


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