Ten vehicles involved in motorway incident

Ten vehicles involved in motorway incident


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The scene of this morning’s ten-vehicle incident on the M18 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Motorists have been warned to drive with care following a series of collisions on the M18 this morning involving ten vehicles.

The accidents happened at around 11.30am within seconds of each other following a heavy downpour of hailstone.

Three accidents, each involving three vehicle’s, happened in the northbound lanes at Manus between junction 11 (Dromoland) and junction 10 (Killoo). A single-car crash occurred at the same location on the opposite side of the motorway.

Fire and ambulance services from Ennis, Shannon and Limerick City responded to the incident.

The northbound lanes of the route were closed at Dromoland as the collisions occurred in the hard shoulder and both driving lanes. Traffic on the southbound carriageway was reduced to just one lane.

Paramedics assessed the ten drivers and any passengers travelling with them but found that no one had been seriously injured. Some casualties were transported to hospital as a precaution but are likely to be released later.

The motorway was reopened once all vehicles had been removed and the road cleared of debris and oil.

National Roads Authority (NRA) motorway maintenance crews also attended the incident.

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.