Eleven people, including several with special needs, were injured in two separate road traffic collisions in Co Clare yesterday.
The first collision, which involved a minibus and a car, happened at around 1pm near Cranny Cross on the main N68 Ennis to Kilrush road. The accident happened close to where a young man was critically injured in a single-car crash last Thursday morning.
The minibus is understood to have been carrying a group of children with special needs, of varying ages, when it collided with a car.
A fleet of six ambulances from Clare and Limerick responded to the incident along with fire crews from Kilrush. The injured were taken to hospitals in Ennis and Limerick. The road was closed for almost three hours until a forensic examination could be completed and the vehicles removed.
Gardaí confirmed that while nine people were taken to hospital, no one was seriously injured.
Gardaí from Kilrush are investigating the accident.
Meanwhile, as ambulance service resources were stretched to capacity with the first incident, two people were injured in a two-car collision in Ennis.
Two units of the fire brigade from Ennis attended the scene and had to care for two casualties until an ambulance became available. Fire personnel flagged down an ambulance travelling to the minibus crash and requested that paramedics assess the casualties.
The ambulance took one man to Ennis General Hospital. The second injured man had to remain on a stretcher at the scene in the care of fire service personnel for an hour until an ambulance became available. Neither was seriously injured.
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