Multiple collisions in Clare today

Multiple collisions in Clare today


The scene on the M18 near Gort this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Three people were injured in a road traffic collision in Co Clare this afternoon while the occupants of four cars had a lucky escape following separate incidents on the M18.

The first crash occurred on the N67 between Ennistymon and Lahinch. A car and van collided at around 4.30pm close to what’s known locally as the Hospital Cross.

Three people were taken to University Hospital Limerick but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

One of the casualties had to wait almost 90 minutes for the third ambulance to arrive at the scene.

Two units of the fire brigade and gardaí from Ennistymon attended the incident along with ambulances from Ennistymon and Ennis.

Later, four cars were involved in separate accidents in poor conditions on the M18 between Crusheen and Gort.

One of the four vehicles involved is removed from the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Emergency crews were alerted at around 8.20pm and requested to attend a collision southbound from Gort.

Units of the fire service from Gort in Galway and Ennis in Clare were mobilised. While on their way to the scene, crews were told there were now four collisions with two on each side of the motorway.

The four incidents happened within moments of each on the same stretch of motorway. Two cars spun out of control on the southbound carriageway while the other two crashed on the opposite side.

Gardaí from Gort and Ennis along with four ambulances attended the incidents. The occupants of all vehicles were assessed at the scene and were found to be uninjured.

One of the cars is removed from the scene on the M18 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

One of the cars is understood to have smashed into a roadside SOS emergency phone before spinning off the motorway into a timber fence.

It’s understood the vehicles lost control following a downpour of hailstones.

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.