29 Jun 2022

Inquest opens into Naas Hospital ambulance fire death

Suncroft man Christopher Byrne died in accident at hospital

Inquest opens into Naas Hospital ambulance fire death

The scene outside Naas Hospital last September

The family of a man who died following an ambulance accident at Naas Hospital last year was assured that he did not die in pain.

The Kildare Coroner, Dr Denis Cusack, was speaking this afternoon at the opening of the inquest into the death of Christopher Byrne, who died after an ambulance caught fire at the hospital on September 22 of last year.

Medical evidence was given that Mr Byrne (79), a widowed, retired stud groom from Ardbrid, Suncroft, died from inhalation of smoke and gas in the vehicle.

The inquest was told that there was “extreme fire damage” to the vehicle.

Dr Cusack extended his very deep sympathy to Mr Byrne’s family on the tragedy, saying that the extraordinary circumstances were traumatic for everybody. 

The inquest has been adjourned for further technical and health and safety issues to be considered.

For full story, see this Tuesday’s Leinster Leader.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.