Motorway drama as bus loses two wheels

Motorway drama as bus loses two wheels


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The scene this evening on the M18 at Manus near Dromoland – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A bus driver was forced to evacuate his passengers on a busy motorway this evening after two wheels detached from his vehicle.

The two rear inside wheels suddenly and simultaneously separated from the bus on the M18 in Co Clare. The wheels bounced over the crash barrier and down an embankment.

The driver managed to bring his Mercedes bus to a safe stop but the crippled vehicle was left partially blocking the slow lane.

He quickly evacuated his group of about 20 tourists and took them to safety behind the crash barrier while alerting gardaí. No one was injured in the incident.

Gardaí carried traffic control at the scene until motorway maintenance crews and a recovery truck arrived at the scene.

The wheels were recovered from the bottom of the embankment and taken back up to the road.

A garda forensic crash scene investigator examined and photographed the bus and the wheels before it was taken from the scene.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
A garda forensic crash scene investigator examines the bus and wheels – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A passing coach was flagged down and it’s driver asked if he could take the passengers off the motorway.

The group gathered their belongings and were taken to Bunratty where they waited for a replacement vehicle.

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.