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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Man brought back to life after bus collision

Driver remains in serious condition

Published 15/06/2013 | 05:00

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The traffic accident in Devil's Glen, Co Wicklow, where a helicopter was needed to airlift Niall Lynham (inset) to hospital.
The traffic accident in Devil's Glen, Co Wicklow, where a helicopter was needed to airlift Niall Lynham (inset) to hospital.
Niall Lynham
Niall Lynham

A YOUNG man remains in a serious condition after he was brought back to life at the scene of a major road accident.

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Niall Lynham, who is 26, had no pulse and was technically dead when rescue services arrived at the crash site near the Devil's Glen in Co Wicklow.

The Citroen car that Mr Lynham was driving had been involved in a head-on collision with a tour bus on the R763 Ashford to Annamoe road at around 1.30pm yesterday.

Mr Lynham, from Laragh, Co Wicklow, was in the car with his Slovakian girlfriend, Zuzana Klobucnikova, when the two vehicles collided.

Ms Klobucnikova was the only other passenger in the car at the time.

She suffered minor injuries but Mr Lynham had to be resuscitated by medical staff.

"He was technically dead, he had no pulse but the paramedics kept trying to revive him. They wouldn't give up and eventually he began breathing," a source said.

Mr Lynham was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital from the scene by an S-61 Coastguard helicopter.

He suffered severe injuries to his head and chest and remained unconscious in a very serious condition last night.

Ms Klobucnikova was taken by ambulance to Loughlinstown Hospital. She was said to be "seriously shaken" but suffered only cuts and bruises.

WITNESSES

The bus was carrying 25 tourists from the US who were due to visit the Glendalough monastic site.

The tourists were asked to remain on the bus until heavy lifting equipment arrived to tow it away. They were then taken to nearby Ashford. None of them were injured.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash and are talking to the tourists as witnesses.

Locals said that driving conditions in the area were poor at the time with intermittent heavy showers.

The crash occurred at a corner on a narrow stretch of the road.

Irish Independent

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