Thursday 19 April 2018

Bank Holiday mayhem: 12 cars crash in Galway as woman and child airlifted to hospital following separate incidents

  • Woman (20s) in serious condition following crash in Wexford; airlifted to hospital
  • Child airlifted to hospital as precaution following crash in Tipperary
  • Multi-vehicle collision in Co Galway involving 12 cars
  • Number of minor collisions across the country
The scene of Thursday’s collision on the M7 near Dunkerrin in Co Tipperary. One person was airlifted to hospital by the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Fire crews used cutting equipment to release a child from the wreckage of one car. Two vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred following a heavy downpour of hail. A third car spun out of control at the same location. Photograph Press 22
The scene of Thursday’s collision on the M7 near Dunkerrin in Co Tipperary. One person was airlifted to hospital by the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Fire crews used cutting equipment to release a child from the wreckage of one car. Two vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred following a heavy downpour of hail. A third car spun out of control at the same location. Photograph Press 22
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Two people were airlifted to hospital on Thursday following separate road incidents yesterday as poor weather conditions wreak havoc across the country ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The M7 at Nenagh, Co Tipperary later reopened following a number of collisions.

Earlier, a child had to be airlifted to hospital by the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter as a precaution following a two-car collision on the busy stretch of road.

The collision occurred following a heavy downpour of hail.

The child was taken to hospital as a precaution Picture: An Garda Siochana Twitter
The child was taken to hospital as a precaution Picture: An Garda Siochana Twitter

Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow hail warning at 8pm yesterday evening and it will remain in place until 10am Friday morning.

Meanwhile, in Wexford, a woman remains in critical condition after a school bus carrying 20 children was involved in a collision with two cars.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was driving one of the cars and had to be airlifted to Tallaght Hospital.

The incident happened at around 11am Thursday morning on the N80 outside Bunclody.

None of the children were injured and the road has since reopened.

In Galway, a number of people have been taken to Portiuncula Hospital following a multi-vehicle collision near Ballinasloe.

Up to 12 vehicles were involved in the incident.

It is understood nobody was seriously injured.

A garda spokeswoman told Independent.ie: "There seemed to be a heavy downpour of hail stones on the M6 at about 5p.m.  4 vehicles on one side of motorway and 8 vehicles on the other – no serious injuries – a number of people removed to Portiuncula Hospital with minor injuries."

The Dublin to Galway motorway was closed in both directions between Junction 14, Ballinasloe East and Junction 15, Ballinasloe West.

There were also delays in the following areas following collisions on Thursday evening:

  • M18 northbound closed at Crusheen following collision;
  • There has been a collision on the N17 outside of Tubbercurry, Co Sligo;
  • Delays on the M50 northbound;
  • Gardaí at the scene of a road traffic accident on the M8. The road is currently closed southbound from junction at Urlingford to Horse and Jockey junction; diversions in place.

AA Roadwatch says hail showers are causing poor visibility across the country and are urging drivers to exercise extreme caution.

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