Woman hurt by falling tree branch
A 57-YEAR-OLD woman was critically ill in hospital last night following a freak accident in Limerick city.
The pedestrian was walking in the O'Connell Avenue area shortly after 10.30am when a large branch that had been sliced off a tree struck her.
A truck, unbeknownst to the driver, knocked the branch from the tree onto the footpath as it was driving past.
A passing nurse stopped her car and offered assistance at the scene, before the woman was taken by ambulance to the Mid Western Regional Hospital.
It's understood the woman is a retired school teacher who lives in the local area. A spokeswoman for the HSE described her condition as "critical".
Gardai have spoken to the driver of the truck and interviews were ongoing yesterday.
The road was later re-opened and gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact Roxboro Garda station on 061 214340.