We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.


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 Google Maps 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

medi1 A Medilink ambulance Facebook 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.

Read: Bird flu has been found in Ireland. Here’s how to spot it in your flock

Read: Two men appear in court in relation to €83,000 drug seizure

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.