No injuries in early morning M18 smashes

No injuries in early morning M18 smashes


© Pat Flynn 2015
The scene of this mornings three-car collision on the M18 near Ballyline – © Pat Flynn 2015

Emergency services were called to two incidents on the M18 early today after the motorway was left in a treacherous condition following a hail shower.

Three vehicles were involved in one collision about 7kms north of Ennis. The crash happened in the southbound lanes of the M18 between Crusheen and Barefield.

Gardaí are investigating the collision which occurred following a heavy downpour of hail that fell when temperatures were just hovering about zero.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennis and Gort responded to the incident along with gardaí and an ambulance from Ennis.

The three motorists escaped serious.

The motorway remained closed between junctions 15 and 14 for over an hour while traffic was diverted onto the old N18.

Another collision happened a short distance away on the same stretch of road however the occupants were unhurt.

The AA issued warnings in the wake of the collisions





Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.