THIS SHOCKING photograph shows the aftermath of a County Limerick car crash with a telephone pole where the passenger seat should be.
Two male teenagers who live locally - understood to be aged 16 and 18 - were rushed to University Limerick Hospital following the accident at Garranemore, Pallasgreen at around 2.30am on Tuesday morning.
The 16-year-old has been taken off the critical list and his condition is said to be stable. It is believed he has fractures to the legs, pelvis and internal injuries. The driver escaped serious harm.
Locals who saw the mangled Toyota Corolla say it was a “miracle” they weren’t killed at the scene.
Two units from Cappamore Fire Station received the call at 2.35am, were mobile in five minutes and at the scene in less than seven minutes despite frosty roads. Station officer, John Mulready, said the passenger seat occupant was trapped in the car.
“We had to use various tools and techniques to actually free him because it was quite difficult, but we managed to get him out as quickly and safely as we could. It was a very technical rescue that had to be done because we had the challenge of trying to cut around the pole and keep his welfare as our number one priority,” said Mr Mulready, who is an emergency medical technician.
It took them around 30 minutes to carefully free him before he was taken to University Hospital Limerick by ambulance, who were also on the scene “very fast”. As well as normal calls, Cappamore Fire Service rescued the lady from a slurry spill in Doon and responded to flooding in the city in the last two weeks. Gardai - first on the scene - and county council staff also attended the Pallasgreen accident. Meanwhile, there were further lucky escapes with trees falling on cars on the Meelick and Newport Roads on Tuesday evening.