SHOCKING picture of an ambulance in a ditch in Laois #BeastFromTheEast #StormEmma

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

SHOCKING picture of an ambulance in a ditch in Laois #BeastFromTheEast #StormEmma

Emergency services have been working around the clock under severe pressure with staff staying overnight in hospitals and ambulances being accompanied by the Civil Defence.

A picture taken by Mark Gorman in Clough, Laois shows an ambulance that ended up in a ditch, unable to manage the snow and ice on the roads. 

Mark was in a tractor at the time, the ambulance was locked when he approached it on Friday morning, it appeared that no one was inside. 

He left his contact details with the ambulance service to help with the recovery of the ambulance.

On Thursday, Laois Civil Defence was sending 4 x 4 jeeps out with every ambulance to make sure patients got to the hospital but Liam Preston of Laois Civil Defence said they had to stand down their services for the safety of their own staff.

If you require the assistance of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.

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