US tourists in collision hours after jetting in
Four people were hospitalised yesterday following a two-car collision that involved a group of American tourists who had just arrived in Ireland.
The incident happened at around 1.15pm on the N85 Ennis Bypass at Ashline, a short distance from Ennis town. The road links the M18 motorway with several routes to north and west Clare.
A group of six American visitors were travelling in a Ford Galaxy car when it collided with a BMW car travelling in the opposite direction. It's understood the tourists, who had arrived at Shannon Airport on a flight from London earlier in the day, were on their way to visit the Cliffs of Moher.
Two ambulances and three units of the fire brigade from Ennis attended the incident.
Gardaí closed a section of the N85 road and diverted traffic away from the area.
Fire crews had to cut a door off the Ford Galaxy to get one of the injured tourists out safely.
The two occupants of the BMW car managed to climb out of the driver's side window before emergency services arrived. Several passing motorists stopped to offer assistance and raise the alarm. The female passenger climbed across the driver's seat to get out of the vehicle but immediately collapsed on the road with her injuries.
The woman is believed to have suffered multiple bone fractures and is believed to be the more seriously hurt of the injured. It's not believed any of the casualties sustained life-threatening injuries.
Gardaí from Ennis are investigating the incident.