Motorway reopens following collision

Motorway reopens following collision


Traffic held up at the scene near Newmarket on Fergus this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The M18 was closed for a time this afternoon following a collision that involved a 4×4 vehicle and trailer carrying hay bales.

The incident happened at around 3.30am in the northbound carriageway just before Junction 10 at Newmarket on Fergus.

The 4×4 and trailer appeared to have lost control and crashed into the central barrier partially blocking the overtaking lane. Weather conditions in the area at the time were poor.

Units of the fire brigade from Shannon and local Gardaí responded to the incident while additional units of the fire brigade from Ennis were also mobilised to the incident.

Traffic managed to filter through the scene for a time before fire crews implemented emergency traffic management procedures to ensure the safety of personnel dealing with the incident.

Fire crews used their vehicles to form a rolling roadblock to bring northbound traffic to a safe stop while efforts were made to remove the vehicle and trailer from the scene.

Fire crews formed a rolling roadblock to bring northbound traffic to a safe stop – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

No one was injured in the incident while the motorway was reopened at around 5.00pm.

The collision happened in almost the same location as a similar incident involving a vehicle transporting hay bales in 2016.

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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.