Limerick fire service rescue man trapped under van in swampy ditch

Jess Casey

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Limerick fire service rescue man trapped under van in swampy ditch

Emergency services have freed a man who had been trapped under a van in a ditch between Bridgetown and Broadford, Clare, this morning.

A man in his mid-twenties was freed after being trapped in a seven-foot swampy ditch, pinned between a tree, with his legs under an engine block.

Three units of Limerick City fire services along with with two units from Killaloe, two ambulances, paramedics and gardai attended the scene, after receiving a call at 9:10am.

Firefighters from Limerick City and Killaloe along with paramedics worked for approximately 20 minutes to free him.

It is believed the man’s car slipped on black ice and collided with another.

He had exited his car to warn oncoming traffic, when a van also slipped on the black ice and crashed into him, pinning him down the ditch.

The man recieved major leg injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening.

The driver of the van was treated for shock on scene.