Hail downpour results in M18 incidents

Hail downpour results in M18 incidents



Three incidents involving vehicles that lost control on the M18 following a downpour of hail this morning, have been cleared.

No injuries were reported in the accidents which occurred at around 7.00am on opposite sides of the motorway just a few hundred metres apart.

A van travelling south from Gort towards Ennis skidded and ploughed into a crash barrier at Tubber on the Clare/Galway border.

A car left the road a short distance away and came to a stop on an embankment while a third car spun around on the road but did not collide with anything.

Fire crews from Ennis, Gort and Shannon along with an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis responded to the scene.

Garda patrols from Gort and Ennis also attended the incident.

A weather alert was issued by Met Éireann yesterday warning of freezing temperatures, hail and snow.

Following recent similar incidents on the M18, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) erected roadside warning signs advising drivers to slow down in hail showers.

There were several collisions at the same location last month.

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.