Injured motorist fights for life after falling tree crushes his car
A Driver was fighting for his life in hospital last night after a falling tree crushed his car, trapping him inside, write Michael McHale and Mark Kennedy.
Firefighters raced to the scene of the accident, which happened at Glenealy on the main road to Rathdrum in Co Wicklow shortly after 9pm on Thursday.
Paramedics rushed the victim, who was named locally as 23-year-old Sean Kearns, from Parnell Park, Rathdrum, to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He was later transferred to Beaumont hospital where he underwent surgery yesterday and is being kept in intensive care.
The incident has prompted one local councillor to call for roadside trees to be cut back to make sure a similar accident doesn't happen again.
According to Labour councillor Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, the fire brigade personnel from Rathdrum and Wicklow who attended the scene were not trained in the use of chainsaws to cut the tree off the car. The tree had to be lifted off the vehicle before the man could be removed from the wreckage.