Seven patients continue to be assessed following bus crash on Tipperary to Limerick roadway

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

School bus crash

The majority of patients have now been discharged

THE majority of patients who presented at University Hospital Limerick following this morning’s bus crash on a roadway between Tipperary town and Limerick city have now been discharged.

A total of 32 patients attended the Emergency Department in connection with the road traffic collision outside Caherconlish on Wednesday morning. Seven patients continue to be assessed. No patients have been admitted to date. No life-threatening injuries were sustained as a result of this incident. Injuries sustained in the main consisted of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries but also included a small number of fractures.

Children and their families were also offered counselling while in hospital and follow-up psychiatric support is being arranged through their school.

The hospital incident group formed in response to this incident has been stood down and operations have returned to normal.

UL Hospitals Group CEO Prof Colette Cowan said: “This was a distressing incident for everyone involved and I would like to pay tribute to all the emergency services for their effective response in managing it. We are proud to work alongside colleagues in the National Ambulance Service, Fire Service, An Garda Siochana, Limerick City and County Council and MidWest Community Healthcare. Our own staff at UHL showed exceptional dedication in managing the situation with many turning up to help without having been called in. I would also like to thank St John the Baptist Community School for their professionalism and they can rely on our support if required in the coming days and weeks.” 

The accident happened at approximately 8.50am this morning, at Connolly’s Cross near Ballyneety in Limerick as the 57 seater bus was travelling to John the Baptist Community School in Hospital, Limerick.

There were approximately 46 students on board at the time.