Man fights for life in St Luke’s after he was struck by truck outside supermarket
A MAN is fighting for his life at St Luke’s General Hospital after he was struck by a truck outside a supermarket.
The victim, who is in his mid-forties, is in a critical condition after he suffered severe head injuries in the horrific accident.
The incident happened at 5pm yesterday in Carlow town centre, along Kennedy Avenue at the junction of Barrack St close to the entrance of the Supervalu supermarket.
Several eyewitnesses at the scene rushed to his aid, and a local local nurse and doctor who happened to be nearby quickly administered medical assistance.
Advanced paramedics stationed at the nearby Carlow/Kilkenny ambulance base were on the scene in less than 10 minutes. The fire services and gardai also arrived to provide additional assistance to the paramedics.
The man was stabilised at the scene and was taken the 38-kilometre distance by ambulance to St Luke’s. It is understood the man was conscious throughout.
In a statement gardai said: “Officers in Carlow are investigating a serious injury road traffic collision that occurred at Kennedy Avenue, Carlow at approximately 5pm. A male in his 40s was injured when he was struck by a truck.
“He was taken to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny where he is described as being in a critical condition. The road remained closed overnight and is to be examined today.”
It is understood the truck driver involved in the accident was left badly shaken by the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 913 6620.