Electrocution feared as man hospitalised following an accident in Mountmellick

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

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A man was taken to hospital following an incident near the Bay Road area of Mountmellick on Thursday evening. 

Gardaí confirmed that the man came into contact with a live electrical wire. It has been reported locally that the car he was driving crashed into the ESB poll but this is yet to be confirmed. 

A spokesperson for Laois County Fire and Rescue service said: "There was a call to the Bay Road area of town. The crew were already in attendance at flooding on Emmett Street when they received the call and they when straight to the incident as it was the priority call."

The man was already in the ambulance when the Mountmellick fire crew arrived. His condition is not known.

Two gardaí from Portlaoise Garda Station attended the scene and gardaí confirmed that the man had come in contact with the live electrical wire.

The fire crew returned to the flooding incident around 10:20pm.

In order to deal with the incident in a safe manner, the ESB supply was cut off to 1800 homes and businesses in the town between 9 and 10pm on Thursday, October 19.

It is understood that some parts of the town were still without electricity at 10:30pm.

Original Story - Emergency power outage in Mountmellick.