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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Man airlifted to hospital after tractor leaves road and crashes into ditch

A man was seriously injured after his tractor and trailer crossed a road and ploughed into a ditch in Co Limerick yesterday(Sunday). Photograph Press 22
A man was seriously injured after his tractor and trailer crossed a road and ploughed into a ditch in Co Limerick yesterday(Sunday). Photograph Press 22

David Raleigh

Gardai are investigating after a young man was airlifted to hospital by an air ambulance helicopter after he was injured whilst driving a tractor in Co Limerick, Sunday.

The tractor collided with a ditch after it left the R515 Fairyfield to Kilmallock Road just outside Kilmallock town, shortly after 11am.

The man, aged in his 20s, was the “sole occupant” of the tractor, gardai said.

It's understood the man suffered head injuries.

Gardai said no other vehicle was involved and that the man’s injuries were not life threatening.

The blue coloured tractor was towing a trailer at the time of the incident.

Gardai, paramedics, and firefighters from Kilmallock and Charleville attended the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the single vehicle collision are being investigated by Bruff gardai.

A garda statement said: “Gardaí are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred on the R515 –Fairyfield to Kilmallock Rd. The incident occurred at 11.05am on 11th March 2018.”

“The sole occupant in a tractor, a man in his 20s, was airlifted to Limerick University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

The R515 road between Kilmallock and Fairyfield remained closed for a number of hours as gardai conducted a technical examination of the scene of the collision.

Gardai said their “investigations” were “continuing”.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident can contact Bruff gardai at 061-382940.

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