One seriously injured following spate of collisions

One seriously injured following spate of collisions

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Fire crews and paramedics work to release the man from the wreckage.

A man was left trapped in his car for over 40 minutes this evening after he lost control in treacherous conditions on the M18 in Co Clare.

Two cars lost control following a heavy downpour of hail at around 8.30pm that left the M18 between Barefield and Crusheen a dangerous condition.

Two ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis responded to the incident along with units of the fire brigade from Ennis and Shannon in Clare and Gort in Co Galway.

One car remained on the motorway after losing control while another crashed into a barrier. It was the occupant of this car who was left trapped following collision.

Emergency crews worked in heavy hail showers and near zero conditions to release the injured man from the wreckage. He was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick however it’s understood his injuries, although serious, are thought to be non life-threatening.

While emergency services dealt with the collision in the northbound carriageway, another crash was reported on the opposite side at around 9.20pm at junction 14 near Barefield.

Ambulance, fire crews and gardaí responded the collision. One person was treated at the scene by paramedics.

A total of four separate collisions occurred on the same stretch of the motorway in a matter of hours and all occurred following hail showers.

Gardaí have warned motorists of the dangerous conditions which were expected to continue through the night.

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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.

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