Irishman in critical condition after bus crash in Cambodia

A 29-YEAR-OLD Corkman was critically injured in the early hours of Sunday morning in a bus crash in southeastern Cambodia.

Michael O’Riordan, originally from Mallow but now resident in Dublin, had taken a night bus from the popular resort of Siem Reap bound for Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

As the bus entered the south-eastern province of Prey Veng, the bus hit a large corn truck that was parked on the roadside. An Indonesian man was killed and his two sisters remain in a serious condition in the capital Phnom Penh.

Two Spanish nationals were also seriously injured, along with a 30-year-old Filipino woman and Mr O’Riordan.

Mr O’Riordan suffered serious internal injuries and a broken pelvis. His sister, Catherine, who is currently living in Australia, arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday.

“He’s stable now, but we hope to arrange an airlift to Bangkok today,” said Ms O’Riordan.

The bus company involved, Kampuchea Angkor Express, yesterday insisted they had full insurance to cover the medical care of the crash victims, but would not discuss compensation figures.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Co Clare are seeking witnesses to an incident in which a teenager was struck by hit-and-run driver who later presented himself at Ennis Garda station.

Aaron Considine, 19, from Clarecastle, a noted club and inter-county hurler, is recovering in hospital where he was admitted in a critical condition following the incident at College View in Ennis in the early hours of Monday morning.

He was discovered unconscious and seriously injured on the roadway at around 1am. Gardaí believe the man had been lying there for up to half-an-hour before he was found.

While gardaí initially treated the incident as a hit-and-run another 19-year-old presented himself at Ennis Garda station and is understood to have made a statement about the incident.

While gardaí have confirmed that “significant progress” has been made in their investigation they are still seeking witnesses to the incident.

* Ennis Garda Station can be contacted on 065 6848100.

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