Lucky escape for driver as car bursts into flames

Lucky escape for driver as car bursts into flames


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A motorist had a lucky escape this evening after the car she was driving burst into flames on a busy road in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 6.00pm at Ashline on the N68 Ennis to Kilrush road. The vehicle, which bore taxi markings, was travelling from Ennis towards Kilrush at the time.

After the front of the car caught fire, the driver managed to pull her vehicle into the kerb before jumping out. It’s not clear whether the taxi was in service at the time but it’s known there were no passengers on board.

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennis were sent to the incident along with a number of garda patrols.

On arrival at the scene fire crews found that the driver had exited the car safely. She was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

The road was closed for a short time while fire crews dealt with the blaze however one lane was soon reopened as the evening traffic began to build.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed but is thought to have been electrical in origin.


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.