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Driver left fighting for life in tree crush

A TEENAGER is fighting for his life after a falling tree crushed his car and trapped him inside.

Julian Kara (19) from The Woods, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow is in a medically induced coma in ICU in Beaumont Hospital where he is said to be in a critical but stable condition since the accident last Thursday.

His mum Gillian told the Herald that the tree fell on her son's car at around 9pm as he was driving home near Glenealy from IADT in Dun Laoghaire where he studies Multimedia.

"He was coming home from college when the tree fell down, and his friend called me to the scene," she said.


"His friend was driving behind him. We were in total shock, and the fire brigade, ambulance crew, gardai were all there at the scene. All we were worried about is that it was a matter of life and death, and our only concern is that my child gets better," she added.

"There's no more swelling, and myself and my husband believe that he's going to come out of it, and be better than he ever was."

Meanwhile locals have claimed that the firefighters at the scene did not have any chainsaws to cut Julian from the wreckage, and that they are not trained to use them in the first place.

Cllr Jimmy Shaughnessy from Rathdrum said: "It's unbelievable that it's happening in 2010 where people on the fire services are not trained to use chainsaws at any time."

But Wicklow County Council has refused to comment on the Fire Service's access to a chainsaw, and it says it is happy that "all appropriate measures were taken to deal with the incident at Glenealy".

A spokesperson added: "The casualty was freed from his car within 20 minutes of the arrival of the Fire Service on the scene. The use of a chainsaw was not necessary to free the injured man."