Several people have been hospitalised following a road traffic incident involving a cow in Co Clare last night (Tuesday, August 17th, 2021).
It is understood that two vehicles collided with the animal on the N18.
Confirming the news to That’s Farming, today (Wednesday, August 18th, 2021), a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána, said:
“Gardaí attended a road traffic incident on the N18, Cratole, shortly after 11 pm last night.”
“Two cars are understood to have collided with a cow. Two males in their 40s and two females, one in their 40s and the other in their 30s, were taken to University Hospital Limerick to be treated for their injuries.”
“The animal died at the scene from its injuries and was removed from the area by animal collection services.”
3 calves killed in a single-vehicle collision in west
Earlier this month, 3 calves were killed in a single-vehicle traffic collision in the west of Ireland.
The incident occurred in Co Roscommon on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021.
Confirming the news to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána, said:
“Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a single-vehicle traffic collision that occurred in Lecarrow, Co Roscommon at approximately 10:30 pm yesterday, Wednesday, August 11th, 2021.”
“3 calves were killed in the course of this incident. No injuries were reported by any occupants of the car as a result of this collision.”
Gardaí remind tractor drivers to ‘keep an eye in the mirror’
Meanwhile, An Garda Síochána has issued a timely safety message to all road users.
It has urged the public to be mindful of the increased presence of agricultural machinery on roads.
In a statement on social media, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Wicklow, said:
“Given the time of year and the season that is upon us, a timely reminder to drivers, particularly in rural areas, to be aware of harvesting that might be going on and the presence of large machinery moving on small, rural roads.”
“A little reminder too to farmers and contractors to keep an eye in the mirror and if traffic builds up behind them, to try and find a safe location to pull in and allow safe overtaking.”