Man quizzed about M18 hit-and-run

Man quizzed about M18 hit-and-run


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The scene of the collision on the M18 near Tubber – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A man has been interviewed by gardaí following an alleged hit-and-run collision on the M18 motorway yesterday.

The driver was located after a number plate from his vehicle was found at the scene of the collision on the M18 on the Clare/Galway border.

The incident happened in the townland of Tubber at around 9.40am. A black people carrier careered into the back of a silver car as both vehicles were travelling northwards towards Gort.

The woman’s car spun around in the overtaking lane and smashed into the concrete Jersey barrier in the middle of the motorway. The driver, the only occupant of the car, was left dazed and shaken in her vehicle while passing motorists stopped to see if they could help.

The offending vehicle continued without stopping leaving the woman’s car pointing back in the face of incoming traffic, while debris including a large black bumper, was left strewn across both lanes. Passers by flagged down oncoming vehicles to warn them of the danger ahead.

Fire and ambulance crews from Clare and Galway responded to the incident along with gardaí from Gort.

A 16 kilometre stretch of the motorway from Crusheen in Clare to Gort in Galway was quickly closed and traffic diverted onto old N18 for almost two hours.

Fire personnel and paramedics were able to assist the driver from her car without the need to use cutting equipment.

The woman was taken to Galway University Hospital (GUH) with what have been described as minor injuries but she was left ‘quite shaken’ by the incident.

The woman is understood to have been travelling to a Galway hospital for an appointment at the time.

The offending vehicle is said to have left the scene after the collision and travelled to the end of the motorway at Gort before rejoining the southbound route and driving past the incident again.

It’s believed the vehicle, with obvious damage to the front, was seen accessing the motorway at Gort and was later reported to gardaí.

Garda patrol cars travelled south along the M18 in search of the vehicle however, back the scene, a number plate was found imbedded in the rear of the woman’s car.

This led gardaí to an address in nearby Crusheen where they located the damaged vehicle and spoke with it’s driver.

Gardaí at Gort have confirmed they have commenced and investigation into the incident and have appealed for any witnesses to contact them on 091 636407.