Three hospitalised following M18 collision

Three hospitalised following M18 collision


The scene of tonights collision on the M18 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Three people including a child had been rushed to hospital following a collision between a bus and a car on a motorway in Co Clare.

The collision occurred at around 8.00pm in the southbound lanes of the M18 motorway between Clarecastle and Dromoland.

It’s understood that a car travelling towards Limerick attempted to avoid a tyre lying in the carriageway and was struck from behind by the bus.

Two adults and a child, who had been travelling in the car, have been hospitalised with ‘varying degrees of injury’.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennis and Shannon along with several ambulances and Garda patrols responded to the incident.

There were 33 passengers on board the bus however despite original reports of multiple injuries, no one the bus was hurt.

The passengers were checked by paramedics but remained on the bus until a replacement vehicle was brought to scene to taken them to their destination.

The crashed vehicles being removed from the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Fire crews implemented emergency traffic management procedures at the scene and managed to get the lengthy backlog of vehicles moving slowly again.

The route was fully reopened shortly after 10.30pm.


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.