Lucky escape for Limerick hurlers in collision

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

IT COULD have been a devastating tragedy, but thankfully over 20 players with Limerick’s under-21 hurling team had a lucky escape after the bus they were travelling in was involved in a collision in the outskirts of Limerick.

IT COULD have been a devastating tragedy, but thankfully over 20 players with Limerick’s under-21 hurling team had a lucky escape after the bus they were travelling in was involved in a collision in the outskirts of Limerick.

The team were returning on Saturday afternoon from a training session in Semple Stadium in Thurles, where they will take on Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final next Saturday.

Manager Leo O’Connor, who was on the bus, said they had a “lucky escape” after the bus collided with a Honda Civic, driven by a man in his 80s, at a blind spot near Dromkeen cross, as they travelled from Tipperary to Limerick on the main road.

It is understood that a tractor was positioned at the other side of the junction, which left the bus with nowhere to turn to avoid the crash.

There were fears that if the bus swerved to the right they could have hit the tractor, or the bus could have overturned.

“We were all very lucky, but we’re all OK. There was 25 of us left on the bus, after we had a couple of drop-offs. We did get a shock,” he said.

Up to 12 players had earlier got off the bus at various locations around the county. A paramedic and physiotherapist, who were on the 48-seater bus with the team, rushed to the man’s aid and he left the vehicle unscathed after five minutes. No one sustained any injuries arising from the incident.