Young child among five hurt as two cars collide on motorway
FIVE people including a young child were recovering last night after a serious road accident.
Two cars collided on the M18 motorway about 6km from Ennis, Co Clare, about 12.40pm.
The female driver of a Nissan Micra had to be cut from the wreckage of her car.
The four occupants of the second car -- a Ford Mondeo -- managed to scramble to the safety of the hard shoulder before two women collapsed from their injuries.
Their car came to a stop about 100 metres from the crash. A rear-seat passenger was thrown into the front of the vehicle in the impact and sustained serious injuries.
Five units of the fire brigade from Ennis and Shannon, along with a fleet of ambulances from Clare and Limerick, attended the scene.
A rapid response advanced paramedic team stabilised the injured at the scene before the victims were removed by ambulance to hospital.
The three more seriously injured -- all women -- were taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where their conditions were described as stable last night.
A man and a young child were taken to Ennis General Hospital with minor injuries.
Gardai closed the northbound lanes of the M18 between Dromoland and Clarecastle for two hours so emergency crews could deal with the incident.