One hospitalised after M18 collision

One hospitalised after M18 collision


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The scene of this afternoon’s collision – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

One person has been taken to hospital after a car collided with a hay bale that fell from a trailer on the M18 this morning.

The collision occurred near the junction 10 exit for Newmarket on Fergus shortly before midday.

It’s understood two two bales fell from a trailer that was being towed by car which struck a crash barrier. Another vehicle ploughed into one of the bales.

Three units of the fire brigade from nearby Shannon responded to the scene. Fire crews used their vehicles to create a rolling roadblock to bring traffic to a safe stop.

Three units from Limerick city were sent to the incident amid initial reports of a multi-vehicle collision.

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The occupants of both cars were able to safely exit their vehicles while one motorist was treated at the scene and taken to hospital for assessment.

While traffic was diverted at junction 9 vehicles that had backed up behind the collision had to wait for about an hour for the scene to be cleared.

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.