M18 traffic disrupted after serious oil spill

M18 traffic disrupted after serious oil spill


Fire crews used specialist chemicals in an effort to disperse the oil – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017


1.25pm – One lane has been reopened and traffic is slowly getting underway again

2.45pm – The road has now been completely reopened while the bus has been removed from the scene.

Earlier: Fire crews from two counties are dealing with a major oil spillage on the M18 this afternoon.

Both lanes of the northbound  carriageway have been affected and closed. It’s understood that engine oil leaking from a passing bus was the cause of the problem.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennis and Gort are dealing with the spillage which has resulted in the route being closed between Crusheen and Gort. The alarm was raised just after midday.

Gardaí and motorway maintenance crews also responded to the incident. The spillage was found to be between 3 and 4 kilometres long.

Fire crews used their vehicles to create a rolling roadblock so they could safely bring all northbound traffic to a stop before tackling the spillage.

Fire crews are currently spraying the road with specialist chemicals to disperse the oil.

The southbound lanes have not been affected.


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.