Delays following serious multi-vehicle collision on M50

Gardai have advised motorists to expect considerable delays in the area
Gardai have advised motorists to expect considerable delays in the area

TWO lanes northbound on the M50 were closed this afternoon following a serious collision.

The mutli-vehicle collision occurred between junction seven at Lucan and junction six at Blanchardstown earlier this afternoon.

It is understood several vehicles are involved in the accident.

Gardai have advised motorists to expect considerable delays in the area.

Traffic was down to one lane and extremely slow as a result. 

Gardai say all lanes have now reopened but delays are to be expected.

Last week the southbound lanes were closed for seven hours following a fatal accident involving a car and two lorries.

Yesterday, 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. 

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.