Casualties now removed from scene of Farranfore crash

All casualties have now been removed from the scene of a serious traffic crash which took place tonight on the main Tralee Killarney road at Farranfore. The collision took place shortly before 6pm two miles outside Farranfore on the Killarney side. It involved a minibus and an SUV car and up to 14 people are believed to have been injured, some of whom are children. Helicopter Gardaí, three units of the fire brigade, ambulances and Kerry County Council staff attended the scene. Two of those injured are thought to have received serious but not life-threatening injuries, with others receiving less serious injuries. Coast Guard helicopters from Shannon and Waterford had been dispatched and the services of an Air Corps helicopter from Dublin and an Air Corps CASA plane had also been requested. It’s understood five casualties have been taken from Kerry Airport at Farranfore for transfer to Cork University Hospital with others being taken to Kerry General Hospital. A GAA pitch in Bishopstown, close to CUH, is being used to help with the helicopter landings for the hospital in Cork. At least one of those being transferred by air is a child. The service of Coast Guard units from Dingle and Ballybunion had been requested. The road’s closed and is likely to remain so for another while but Kerry County Council is working on the reopening the road. Gardaí are carrying out an investigation at the scene and the area should be avoided.