Sunday 27 May 2018

Teenage boy (16) 'critical' in hospital after motorcycle crash

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

David Raleigh

A teenage boy is in a "critical condition" in hospital after a motorcycle crash in Tarbert, Co Kerry today.

The 16-year-old sustained serious head injuries after he came off the motorbike around 2.30pm on the Ferry Road in the north Kerry village.

He was airlifted from the scene to University Hospital Limerick within minutes of the crash.

The boy was later transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital for specialist care, where he remains critically ill.

Gardai at Listowel, who are investigating the crash, said no other vehicle was involved.

It's understood the boy was alone on the bike when it crashed.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators attended the scene and closed off the road for a full examination of the roadway, a Garda spokesman said.

A Garda spokesman described the crash as a "single vehicle accident".

"He was airlifted from the scene to University Hospital Limerick," the Garda added.

A hospital source said the boy was aged 16 and a half years old, and was in a "critical condition".

Appealing for information about the crash, Gardai stated: "Gardai in Listowel are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Tarbert, Co. Kerry."

"At approximately 1430hrs as a 16-year-old male was seriously injured when his motorcycle crashed on Ferry Road, Tarbert."

"He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel and airlifted to Limerick University Hospital."

"The scene was examined by Garda forensic collision investigators and enquiries are ongoing."

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Listowel Garda Station 068-50820 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111," the statement added.

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