RESCUERS STRUGGLE TO CRACK CRASHED SECURITY VAN
IT took fire fighters more than an hour to crack a security van to rescue its unconscious driver, the sole occupant, after it crashed in a field outside Tarbert on Friday.
The security van crashed through a ditch and came to rest in a field on its side a mile outside Tarbert on the Ballylongford Road at roughly 10.30am on Friday.
The alarm was raised immediately by locals, but it took fire fighters over an hour to cut into the locked-down cab of the van as they struggled to penetrate the armoured, metal plating with ‘jaws’ and spreader equipment.
The emergency personnel were forced to use a consaw to cut through the reinforced windscreen in order to get to the driver, who lay unconscious with a noticeable head injury for the duration of the rescue.
Listowel and Tarbert gardaí, Listowel paramedics and Listowel fire fighters, along with members of the Ballybunion Coastguard, attended the scene with the Shannon Coastguard helicopter tasked to take the stricken driver to Cork University Hospital.
It is suspected the driver, a Limerick man in his 50s, suffered a stroke at the wheel of the van.
The Kerryman understands that he had not regained consciousness by the time he was taken from the scene. He remains in Cork University Hospital.
Locals are understood to have heard an alarm sounding from the van before they heard the sound of the crash. Witnesses are asked to contact An Garda Síochána.
The Shannon Coastguard helicopter attending the scene of the crashed security van outside Tarbert on Friday.