Emergency services deal with collisions

Emergency services deal with collisions

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Emergency services at the scene of the collision on the M18 this afternoon – © The Clare Herald 2019

Emergency services have dealt with a number of collisions across the west and mid-west this afternoon all believed to have occurred during poor weather conditions.

Heavy downpours of hail continue to affect many areas where Met Éireann has warned they could be prolonged at times.

Collisions were reported on the M18, M17, M7 and M6 as well on local roads in Co Clare.

A woman had a lucky escape when she lost control over her 4×4 vehicle on the Ennis to Kildysart Road at Paradise near Ballynacally. The vehicle is understood to have collided with wall before overturning.

Three units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station responded to the incident along with an ambulance and Gardaí. The collision happened around lunchtime.

Fire crews from Killaloe and Limerick City attended a single-vehicle collision which closed the Killaloe to O’Briensbridge Road for a time while another crash occurred between Inagh and Miltown Malbay. It’s understood fire crews from Ennistymon used cutting equipment to help free one person from the vehicle.

There were also collisions on the motorway network at several locations in Clare and Galway.

At around 1.30pm, a car lost control and collided with a crash barrier close to the turn-off for Newmarket on Fergus.

Another crash occurred on the opposite side of the motorway a short distance away at about 3.30pm. Two cars are understood to have lost control and crashed.

Units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town and Ennis responded to the scene along with Garda units and two ambulances.

Collisions were also reported further north on the route southbound between J18 Rathmorrissey and J17 Kilternan as well as on the M7 between Nenagh and Birdhill in Co Tipperary.

No-one was seriously injured in any of the collisions.

 

 

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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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