Baby remains in critical condition after Clare road crash

The baby was airlifted to hospital

A four-month-old baby remains in a critical condition following a traffic collision in Co Clare on Saturday.

The baby was airlifted from the scene along with her mother who sustained a serious head injury in the crash. Both were flown to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) but the baby was transferred to a Dublin hospital for specialist treatment.

The two-car head-on collision occurred at around 5pm on the Ennis to Kilrush road at Glaun, Lissycasey. There were two males with the mother and baby in one car and just the driver, an elderly woman, in the second vehicle. Fire and ambulance crews from Ennis and Kilrush attended the scene along with several Garda units. Ambulance paramedics requested the Emergency Aeromedical Service air ambulance to airlift the mother and baby to hospital.

It’s understood the Air Corps-operated helicopter was in the Limerick area at the time and reached the scene within minutes. The mother and baby were flown directly to UHL. The other three casualties were taken to UHL by road ambulance.

The baby was reported to be in a ‘critical but stable’ condition while the other casualties were all said to be ‘comfortable’. It’s understood the occupants of one car was a family, thought to be Irish but living overseas, who were visiting Clare.

The road remained closed for more than 18 hours until a technical examination could be carried out. Both vehicles were removed for a technical examination. Gardaí at Kilrush are investigating and have appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them on 055-9080550.


Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing, University of Limerick Hospitals Group and National Sepsis TeamWorking Life: Yvonne Young, group assistant director of nursing

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