Miraculous escape for mum and baby as car flips out of control
A quick-thinking truck driver brought his vehicle to a stop just before an out-of-control car carrying a mother and baby overturned and crashed into him.
The undercarriage of the car struck the cement lorry while it slid on its side along a busy road in Co Clare yesterday.
Emergency workers said the accident would have been far more serious if the truck hadn't stopped.
The collision occurred at around 9.30am at Cahill's Hill on the main N68 Ennis to Kilrush road.
The young mother and her infant baby were travelling towards Kilrush when it appeared she lost control of her vehicle.
The Suzuki veered onto a ditch before it collided with a tree stump and became airborne. The vehicle rolled onto its side and screeched along the road into the path of an oncoming cement lorry.
In a split-second decision, the truck driver brought his vehicle to a stop as the car continued to slide towards him.
The undercarriage of the car smashed into the driver's side of the lorry.
Several passing motorists - including a garda on his way to work and an off-duty ambulance paramedic - stopped to assist.
The baby was strapped into a child seat and appeared unhurt, while the driver suffered minor injuries and shock. The truck driver was also uninjured.