Three injured in M18 collision near Gort

Three injured in M18 collision near Gort


The scene of the collision on the M18 near Coole – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Fire crews spent over 30 minutes trying to free one of the occupants of an SUV that crashed and overturned on a motorway in Co Galway this evening.

The collision occurred at around 8.30pm in the southbound lanes of the M18 at Coole between Gort and Kiltiernan. Weather conditions were reported to be poor in the area at the time.

The incident resulted in a 13-kilometre stretch of the motorway being closed south from the Kiltiernan interchange.

There were three people in the BMX X5 when it mounted an embankment, crashed back down and overturned. One of the occupants had managed to escape from the vehicle before emergency services arrived however the other two were left trapped inside.

Three ambulances and five units of the fire brigade from Gort and Athenry rushed to the scene along with several Garda vehicles.

It’s understood that one person was freed from the car quite quickly however the second person remained trapped in the wreckage for over 30 minutes.

Fire crews used specialist equipment to cut the wreckage from around the casualty before he could be safely removed and handed into the care of National Ambulance Service paramedics.

All three were removed to hospital for treatment. While one of the three is understood to have sustained serious injuries, they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The motorway was 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.