An infant is fighting for his life in hospital following a road accident this morning on the N5 near Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, and gardai are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The two and a half year old boy sustained serious head injuries when his mother’s car collided with a van at Currina, Carracastle, on the N5 Dublin to Westport road, around 9.15 a.m.
He was rushed by air ambulance initially to University College Hospital, Galway, and later to a hospital in Dublin with injuries that were described as life threatening.
The accident occurred as the victim’s mother was driving two older children to school in the Ballaghaderreen area.
These two pupils were also injured in the crash although not as seriously as their younger sibling.
They were brought by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar as was the driver of the second vehicle involved, a taxi van.
The accident occurred at a spot where the main N5 meets the new Ballaghaderreen bypass which is under construction.
Emergency services including the Ballaghaderreen fire brigade were quickly on the scene.
The main Ballaghaderreen to Westport road was closed for a time following the impact as gardai carried out a forensic investigation but reopened later.
The family involved in the accident are from the Carracastle area, near Charlestown, while the taxi van driver lives in Charlestown.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Forensic collision investigators have examined the scene and the road has since reopened to traffic.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea garda station 094-9621630 or the garda confidential line 1800 666 111.
Gardai at Ballaghaderreen (094) 98 60002 are seeking witnesses.
By Tom Shiel