Roscrea Ambulance put out of service by vandals

Thursday, 30 August 2018

AN AMBULANCE stationed in Roscrea was temporarily removed from service after it was seriously damaged by vandals, who pelted it with rocks from a motorway flyover bridge.
Rural ambulance services across the country are struggling to cope with a lack of resources and the North Tipperary service was left more overstretched than usual while urgent repairs were carried out on one of their vehicles based in Roscrea following the attack by vandals.
The incident resulted in the arrests of six people and several motorists were lucky to escape unscathed after the ambulance and four other vehicles suffered extensive damage as a result of rocks thrown at them from the bridge while travelling on the busy M7 motorway near Nenagh.
The ambulance and crew were returning to their base in Roscrea with no patient on board when the incident occurred, after dropping off a patient at the University Hospital in Limerick at around lunchtime last Thursday (August 23).
It is understood a rock was thrown from the motorway bridge and entered the vehicle through its windshield.
Both crew members, who were shaken after the incident but uninjured, were brought to UHL for treatment and were later released from hospital and the ambulance was removed from service, but is now back working after costly repairs.
The Director of the National Ambulance Service, Martin Dunne condemned the attack on local radio and said it needlessly put the lives of his staff and the general public at risk.
Six individuals from the North Tipperary and Clare areas were arrested after Gardai investigated the incident. Two of those arrested are juveniles and three of those arrested have been charged and a file has been prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.


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