Family escapes car fire on M18

Family escapes car fire on M18


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A woman and three young children had a narrow escape this afternoon after their car burst into flames on the M18 motorway in Co Clare.

The car was travelling north along the M18 at around 1.15pm when the woman noticed smoke coming form her vehicle. She managed to bring her car to a stop in the hard shoulder and evacuate the three children to safety.

Three units of the fire brigade from Ennis along with additional appliances from Shannon Town were sent to the incident which happened close to Crusheen.

On arrival at the scene, fire crews found that all four occupants had gotten out of the car unharmed.

Fire personnel implemented emergency traffic management procedures and used their vehicles to create a rolling roadblock to safely bring traffic to a stop.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze however the car was destroyed. Once the fire was out, one lane of the motorway was reopened and traffic began to move slowly past the scene.

Traffic Infrastructure Ireland staff also attended the scene and assessed what, if any, damage had been caused to the motorway as a result of the fire. Once the vehicle was safely removed from the motorway, traffic movement returned to normal.


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.