Overturned truck leads to M18 closure at Crusheen

Overturned truck leads to M18 closure at Crusheen

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 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Fire crews from Gort and Ennis attended the incident – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A 16-kilometre stretch of the M18 motorway was closed northbound from Crusheen after a truck overturned in Gort before midday today.

The driver was lucky to escape injury however his articulated vehicle, which was carrying a load of hay bales, overturned onto its side.

The incident resulted in the slip road from the M18 in Gort being blocked while there has also been a significant diesel and hydraulic fluid spillage.

Traffic had been backed up for over 10 kilometres until the motorway was later closed at Crusheen, Co Clare.

Vehicles caught up in the tail backs were later allowed access onto a new section of the motorway.

 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Hundreds of trucks, buses and cars were able to turn around and access the junction 16 interchange from the other side.

Two units of the fire brigade from nearby Gort station along with four appliances from Ennis Co Clare attended the scene.

An ambulance from Loughrea also attended the incident. Paramedics assessed the driver who appeared shaken but uninjured.

The scene of the accident. Pic Mikey Haze
The scene of the accident. Pic Mikey Haze
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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.

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