Multiple collisions on icy M18

Multiple collisions on icy M18


One car is removed from the M18 while another lies in the ditch (top of picture) – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Emergency services have dealt with seven individual road traffic collisions on the same stretch of the M18 in counties Clare and Galway this morning.

One woman has been hospitalised after she suffered minor injuries in one of the incidents.

The alarm was raised shortly after 8am when a collision was reported in the southbound lanes of the M18 about five kilometres from Gort. Three units of the fire service from Gort were mobilised to the incident.

A further collision was reported on the opposite side of the motorway a short distance away and fire crews from Ennis, Co Clare responded to that incident.

While Gardaí, fire and ambulance crews dealt with those incidents further crashes were reported nearby. Three units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town were alerted and mobilised to assist.

The northbound lanes of the motorway were closed so that crews could safely deal with the incidents.

Another of the vehicles that lost control on the M18 this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Further collisions were reported in Ennis town and on the N68 and N85 routes in Clare.

Gardaí and Clare County Council have warned motorists that road surfaces remain treacherous in many areas.

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.