A YOUNG girl suffered serious injuries after her family car was blown into the path of another vehicle on the M6 motorway by a gust of wind.
The five-year-old girl was one of two children travelling in one of the vehicles involved in the three car incident which occurred at around 7pm last evening.
She was initially brought to University College Hospital, Galway, but subsequently transferred to Temple Street hospital.
Officials are describing her condition as serious.
The children were travelling with their mother between Athenry and Oranmore when the incident occurred.
A passing motorist who came on the crash managed to pull in and alert approaching traffic to the crash.
Up to five units of the Galway and Athlone fire brigades attended the scene.
Three people were taken to hospital including the young girl, who was seriously injured in the freak crash. Two drivers of the other cars were brought to hospital as a precautionary measure.
The stretch of motorway remains closed off this morning and a Garda forensic collision team is due to examine the scene.
A section of the M18 motorway was also closed this morning due to road conditions but has since re-opened.
Driving conditions on roads across the West remained treacherous this morning. Traffic heading eastbound on the M6 motorway was forced down to one lane for long streches because lying sleet left the inside lane treacherous.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Athenry Garda Station on 091-844016, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.