A FIVE-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital after storm conditions led to her family car being involved in a three-car collision.
The young girl and her brother were both caught up in the three-car incident which occurred at around 7pm on Wednesday evening on the M6 en route to Galway city.
Five people were taken to hospital, including the two children and three drivers of the car.
All three drivers and the nine-year-old boy have since been discharged.
The young girl was transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.
The collision happened on the motorway at Newford, Athenry, Co Galway.
It is understood that a passing motorist who came on to the crash scene managed to pull in and alert approaching traffic to the incident.
The stretch of motorway remained closed off for a number of hours yesterday as a garda forensic collision team carried out an examination of the scene.
Gardai are appealing for information at Mill Street garda station on 091 -53 8000 or at Athenry garda station on 091 844016.
Separately, a driver was pulled to safety as his car burst into flames following a collision on the M18 motorway near Gort in Co Clare yesterday
The dramatic incident was one of as many as 12 collisions on the motorway yesterday as the area experienced wintry showers throughout the day.