Truck driver seriously injured following crash on M1

Driver was reportedly ejected from vehicle after he crashed into an unoccupied van

A truck driver is reportedly in a serious condition following a two-vehicle crash in the early hours of Monday morning on the M1 southbound between Junctions 16 Dundalk South and Junction 15 Castlebellingham.

The driver – believed to be a Ukranian national in his 30s – was reportedly ejected from his truck after his vehicle struck an unoccupied van which was parked in the hard shoulder of the slip road for an Applegreen service area.

The truck subsequently struck the crash barrier and the driver was ejected from the cab. The incident happened at about 3.45am.

It is understood the driver was thrown from his vehicle onto a grass verge on the exit back onto the M1.


The man was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda. Traffic at the scene has been reduced to one lane with resulting tailbacks on the motorway.