Oil spillage causes traffic chaos and collisions

Oil spillage causes traffic chaos and collisions


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016


12.30am –  All routes have been cleared, declared safe and reopened.

A major oil spillage resulted in serious traffic issues on the M18 motorway, N85 and N68 routes.

Fire crews were initially alerted to the spillage on the M18 between junctions 12 (Killoo) and 11 (Dromoland) as well as on the N85 ring-road between the motorway and Lahinch Road.

Four units of the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis responded to the motorway incident first and they were joined by two units from Shannon station.

There was a collision on the M18 when a car lost control on the slippy surface while an ambulance service vehicle also lost control but didn’t crash.

While fire crews treated the spillage, they were alerted to a road traffic collision on the N68 at Caherea, Lissycasey.

One vehicle left the road and crashed into a field while another car also spun on in the greasy conditions believed to have been caused by the same oil spillage. There were several other near misses on the road.

Traffic Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and local authority road crews are also assisting with clearing the spillage.

No persons were injured in any of the collisions.

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.