M18 closed following collisions

M18 closed following collisions

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The scene of one of this afternoons collisions on the M18 near Crusheen
The scene of one of this afternoons collisions on the M18 near Crusheen

Update:

1.45pm – One lane northbound from Crusheen to Gort now reopened. Southbound section still closed. Drive with care.

1.55pm – Both lanes northbound now reopened. One lane southbound open also. One still closed.

3.00pm – All lanes now reopened. Two people taken to hospital.

Earlier: The M18 motorway connecting counties Clare and Galway has been closed in both directions following at least two multi-vehicle collisions.

The first crash, described as serious, is reported to be just south of Junction 16 Gort and is understood to be blocking the southbound lanes.

Emergency services from Galway and Clare were responding to the incident when they were alerted to a second collision in the same location in the northbound carriageway.

It’s understood two vehicles have been involved in that incident and that has left the road.

Units of the fire brigade from Gort and Ennis along with a number of ambulances and Garda patrols are at the scene.

Gardaí have warned of treacherous conditions in the area following heavy downpours of hail and rain.

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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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