Lucky escape for motorists after car leaves road

By Patrick Flynn

A motorist was left trapped in his overturned car early this morning after it left the road, ploughed down an embankment and into a field.

The alarm was raised at around 6.10am when emergency services received a report of a car on its roof in a field at Dysert near Corofin in Co Clare.

It is believed the driver, a man in his 60’s, was able to call for help himself however because the car landed upside down in thick hedges, he was unable to escape without help.

Two units of the fire brigade, an ambulance and gardaí responded to the scene.

On arrival, emergency crews found the man trapped in his vehicle. The car is understood to have lost control in icy conditions.

Fire crews and paramedics has to use a ladder to reach the vehicle. The man was soon released by fire crews and was assessed at the scene by National Ambulance Service paramedics. The driver did not require hospitalisation.

Emergency workers said the car was only prevented from rolling further into the field by thick shrubbery.

Road conditions in the area were reported to be poor at the time following an overnight snowfall.

Several other minor accidents were reported around the county in areas that were also affected by snow and ice. Conditions are still reported to be dangerous in sheltered areas.

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