Section of M18 closed after ‘incident’

Section of M18 closed after ‘incident’


The scene on the Galway/Clare boarder on Thursday evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A 16-kilometre stretch of the M18 motorway was closed for a time on Thursday afternoon following what has been described as an “incident.”

An articulated lorry pulled into the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway between Gort in Galway and Crusheen just inside the Clare boarder. The incident occurred at around 6.00pm.

Several truck drivers stopped to help the man who is understood to have sustained a number of injuries. He was removed to hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The man’s truck came to a stop in the hard shoulder with the inside wheels of the vehicle in the soft ground off the motorway. A heavy tow truck was brought in to stabilise and remove the cab and trailer before it was towed form the scene.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennis responded to the incident while fire crews and Gardaí from Gort closed the motorway southbound at junction 16.

All the circumstances of the incident are not known however Gardaí in Gort are investigating the matter.

The motorway was reopened shortly after 7.00pm.

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.