M18 van driver has lucky escape

M18 van driver has lucky escape


van overturnedA van driver had a lucky escape this morning after his vehicle and trailer lost control and overturned on the M18 motorway.

The incident happened at around 10.50am northbound near Junction 10 at Newmarket on Fergus.

An orange Citroen van, hauling a trailer with a load of sand, appeared to jack-knife and plough into the central reservation.

Both the driver and passenger managed to escape from the overturned vehicle and sustained just minor injuries.

Emergency services, including units of the fire bridge from Shannon, responded to the incident and used traffic control measures to ensure no other vehicles ploughed into the crashed van and trailer.

Traffic Infrastructure Ireland (TII) motorway maintenance crews were also deployed to remove the sand from the road before it was declared safe again.

The route was fully reopened to traffic about an hour later.

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.