Friday 29 April 2016

Man critical after he sustained a serious head injury while fixing lorry wheel

By Pat Flynn

Published 20/08/2014 | 22:39

The casualty was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where he is in a critical condition tonight.
The casualty was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where he is in a critical condition tonight.
Galway University Hospital

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he sustained a serious head injury while fitting a wheel to a lorry.

The incident happened at around 7.30pm yesterday evening at Moher near Liscannor in Co Clare.

It's understood the man in his 30s was injured when part of a wheel rim struck him on the head.

It was reported locally that the tyre may have exploded or the wheel was otherwise compromised.

An ambulance from Ennistymon along with a second ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis were sent to the scene. Gardaí and a local doctor also responded to the emergency call.

On arrival, the doctor and paramedics assessed the casualty and opted to seek urgent assistance from the Emergency Aeromedical Service.

The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter was requested to respond to the incident in an air ambulance role. A landing zone was prepared at a playing field adjacent to the local national school.

The area was cleared and marked with smoke canisters by members of the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard.

The casualty was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where he was said to be in a critical condition tonight.

The helicopter reached the hospital in about ten minutes while the same journey by road ambulance would have taken up to 90 minutes.

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