Farmer airlifted to hospital after tractor accident in Clare

A farmer was airlifted to hospital following an incident on a farm in Co. Clare yesterday (Tuesday, September 29), according to the Irish Air Corps.

The accident involved a mechanical failure on a tractor, which caused the machine to overturn, according to the Air Corps.

The driver suffered a suspected head injury and was airlifted to the Neurological Specialist Centre in University College Hospital Galway (UCHG), in Galway city.

Taking to social media this morning, Air Corps 112 noted that it was sent to the scene of the accident, airlifting the farmer to UCHG – completing its 3,000th patient airlift in the process.

“Yesterday Air Corps 112 was tasked to a farming accident in Co. Clare.

The patient was airlifted to UCHG, a journey that took eight minutes by air as opposed to 83 minutes via road.

“This patient was the 3,000th patient to be airlifted by EAS [Emergency Aeromedical Service] since the service began in 2012,” the Air Corps Facebook page said.

“Based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone, the Emergency Aeromedical Service is a joint venture between the National Ambulance Service and the Defence Forces, providing a dedicated AW139 for the rapid transfer of critical patients to the most suitable hospital,” the post added.