#BREAKING Man pinned under van after warning of black ice


A GOOD Samaritan who was warning drivers of dangerous road conditions became trapped and pinned under a van in a ditch that skidded on black ice.

Shortly after 9am this Friday morning, the alert was raised that a man was seriously injured and trapped under the engine block of a van and a tree on the road between Bridgetown and Broadford.

Firefighters in three tenders from Limerick City Fire and Rescue as well as Killaloe arrived on scene along with Gardai and emergency paramedics from the the National Ambulance Service shortly after 9.10am.


One man, aged in his mid 20’s was trapped under a van down in a 7ft swampy ditch.

He had become pinned between it and a tree with legs under engine block of the vehicle.

Firefighters from Limerick city and Killaloe, along with paramedics worked to free the man.

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

Thinking of other motorists who would be coming after him, the man got out to warn the following traffic.

However, an oncoming van also slipped on the black ice and crashed into the male in his 20s pinning him down the ditch.

The man received major leg injuries but they are understood not be life threatening and was treated at the scene before being brought to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment and assessment.

The driver of the second van, a man understood to be aged in his 40s was treated for shock on scene.

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