Three people have been hospitalized following a road traffic collision in Clare this evening.
The two-car crash occurred at around 8.30pm on the R474 main Ennis to Miltown Malbay road about 1.5kms east of Connolly.
Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station responded to the incident and were the first to reach the scene. On arrival, fire crews found two cars had collided almost head-on and that one had left the road coming to a stop in a ditch. The road was completely blocked by the collision.
Fire service first responders assessed the three occupants, a man and woman traveling in one car as well as the driver and sole occupant of the second vehicle. Fire crews administered first aid to one man who complained of upper body injuries.
It took over an hour for an ambulance to reach the scene while a second ambulance that had been dispatched to the incident was diverted to another call. A rapid response advanced paramedic unit also responded to the incident and attended the incident. Emergency services worked in heavy rain as thunderstorms swept across the county.
All three casualties were removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment, but none of them sustained serious injuries. One man is understood to have suffered a shoulder injury while the other two were said to have sustained cuts and bruises.
Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the collision.