Man hospitalised following crash in Limerick

A man had to be cut out of his van after three vehicles collided in the centre of Limerick City this morning.

Man hospitalised following crash in Limerick

A man had to be cut out of his car after three vehicles collided in the centre of Limerick City this morning.

The driver of a blue Hiace van had to be taken to hospital following the mid-morning crash.

It happened at the junction of Cecil Street and O'Connell street shortly before 11am.

The van overturned and the driver was cut out of his vehicle by Limerick Fire and Rescue Service.

One of the service's hero fire fighters, Eli Brace, can be seen in these pictures helping to rescue the driver at the scene.

Brace, who is a specially trained Swift Water Rescue Technician with Limerick City fire service, made headlines last March after saving a woman from drowning when he jumped from Sarsfield Bridge into a raging current on the River Shannon.

After this morning's collision, two people traveling in two cars that collided with the van, were treated at the scene of the crash.

The van driver was taken to University Hospital Limerick where his condition is believed to be stable.

Local man Jonathan Cronin tweeted: "Massive accident on O'Connell street. 3 cars and a flipped van." "Some scary bang. I nearly fell off my seat."

He added: "Cutting the whole front off the van to get the driver out. The driver of the people carrier is being put on a back board."

Mr Cronin said a maroon car and the van collided before the van "flipped" and was then in a collision with a black Hyundai.

He added: "Emergency services very efficient! Gardai are out measuring the road. Hope all involved are ok."

Gardaí are expected to study CCTV of the crash scene to see exactly what occurred.

The road closed for a brief period causing diversions for motorists but has since reopened.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street garda station.

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