Call for proper emergency plan on M50 after two fatal collisions

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The M50 is backed up after a fatal collision yesterday afternoon
The M50 is backed up after a fatal collision yesterday afternoon

There have been calls to implement a proper emergency plan for the M50 following two fatal incidents on the busy motorway in the last week.

A man was fatally injured after a collision with a lorry close to junction 6 at Blanchardstown

The collision occurred at approximately 2.10pm, and the stretch of the motorway was closed off until yesterday evening at 6.15pm. 

Nobody else was injured in the collision and the man's body was removed to the mortuary at nearby Blanchardstown Hospital.

There were significant tailbacks, and diversions put in the place failed to ease traffic. 

The Dublin Fire Brigade urged people to avoid the area after several units were sent to the scene. 

At approximately 5.45pm garda forensic investigators finished their examination at the scene and the road was entirely opened half an hour later. 

The tragic incident is the second one to occur on the M50 in the last seven days. 

Last Wednesday, a 47-year-old woman died after her vehicle collided with a lorry on the M50 southbound Lucan exit.

She was rushed to Tallaght Hospital in critical condition. Despite the medical team's effort she was pronounced dead on Saturday morning. 

Fine Gael Councillor and General Election candidate for Dublin South West, Anne-Marie Dermody, has reiterated her call for a feasibility study into locating a Rapid Response Unit on the M50.

"Today, another accident has resulted in traffic chaos throughout the city and surrounding areas. Last week's fatality resulted in the diversion of 28,000 cars from the M50. We clearly need a proper emergency plan in place for this major route," Councillor Dermody stated.

"Deploying emergency crews to the scene of an accident can have a dramatic impact on the final outcome. Whilst the priority must always be tending to the injured, traffic management is also a responsibility.

"A Rapid Response Unit [was despatched], comprising the fire and paramedics service, along with the gardai on one site on the M50," she added.