M18 reopened following car fire

M18 reopened following car fire



Gardaí were forced to close the M18 motorway south of Gort for a time this afternoon after a car burst into flames.

The incident happened around 2.30pm at Ballyboy in the southbound lanes of the M18 about 4 kilometres from Gort.

The driver managed to pull his car into the hard shoulder before he and his female passenger jumped to safety.

The driver called the emergency services and two units of the fire brigade from nearby Gort raced to the scene.

Gardaí closed the motorway southbound at junction 16 Gort for over an hour to allow fire crews safely deal with the incident. The northbound lanes were not affected.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Traffic Infrastructure Ireland (TII) motorway maintenance crews also attended the incident and inspected damage to the road surface to ensure it didn’t pose a danger.

The occupants were unhurt and the road was reopened shortly after 3.30pm.


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.