Woman hospitalised after falling from motorbike into river gully

The Gap of Dunloe in Co Kerry. Picture: Denis Scannell

A woman remains in a serious condition in hospital following a crash in Co. Kerry.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, was injured when the motorbike which she was a passenger, lost control at a bridge in the Gap of Dunloe near Killarney at around 5.30pm yesterday evening.

She and the man who was driving the motorbike were thrown from the vehicle and landed seven metres below, onto a riverbed.

The pair were airlifted to Kerry General, where she remains in a serious condition. The man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"We're not certain how it happened," said Damien Courtney of Kerry Mountain Rescue, which was involved in the help operation.

"The motorcycle was crossing a bridge on a narrow road in the Gap of Dunloe… weather conditions were good at the time.

"It was windy - it was quite gusty in the valley so that might have been a factor in the accident.":

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