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Ambulance taken out of service after being struck by object thrown from motorway flyover

The Medilink ambulance and one other vehicle were struck while travelling on the M4 motorway on the Meath-Kildare border last night.

moyv Flyover on the M4 motorway at Moyvalley, Co Meath Source: Google Maps

AN AMBULANCE HAS been taken out of service after sustaining significant damage after being struck by an object on the M4 motorway last night.

The object was thrown from a flyover by “a group of people” onto the eastbound lane of the motorway (which connects the east and west of the country) just prior to the Enfield services stop at 1.30am this morning.

The ambulance, which is run by a private company, is understood to have been substantially damaged to its underside, and has been taken out of service.

“Someone threw something down from the flyover and struck the vehicle,” a spokesperson for the company, Medilink, told TheJournal.ie.

medi1 A Medilink ambulance Source: Facebook

It’ll have to be taken to the garage on Tuesday to be assessed but it’s off service for the time being. A member of the public’s vehicle was damaged also.

That vehicle is understood to be a van which was travelling directly behind the ambulance. It’s windscreen is believed to have been smashed after being hit by the thrown object.

There were no patients aboard the ambulance at the time of the incident.

“Everyone is a little shaken up but thankfully no-one was hurt,” the spokesperson added.

“Gardaí in Carberry are investigating an incident of criminal damage that took place at 1.30 in the morning on the M4 motorway at Moyvalley,” a Garda spokesperson said.

The incident involved two vehicles travelling eastbound along the carriageway.

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