Motorway drivers park up to help lorry driver clear straw bales
Motorists on one of the country's busiest roads parked up to help a fellow driver after a number of straw bales fell from his truck this afternoon.
The incident occurred on the M7 southbound, just south of the Portlaoise toll bridge.
The truck was travelling on the southbound carriage when a number of bales fell from the load on the back of his truck shortly after 1pm.
Fellow motorists pulled in and began to remove the hay as quickly as possible from the roadside.
Traffic singled into one lane and drivers put on their hazard lights in a bid to warn approaching cars.
Cars on the northbound carriage also flashed oncoming traffic to warn them of the incident ahead.
The incident occurs as the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned road-users of a higher capacity of traffic on the roads for the Bank Holiday weekend.
The RSA has urged motorists to slow down and be aware of their surroundings this weekend following a total of nine deaths on the country's roads this week.
Speaking to RTE News, RSA spokesperson Brian Farrell said there has been a 25pc increase in road deaths this year.
The current death toll on Ireland's roads this year stands at 159, compared with 127 in the same period last year.
Mr Farrell said the figures describe an "appalling level of carnage".
He also said that the time-change this evening will add challenges for road users.
"The most important advice we're giving is to wear high visibility clothing such as high visibility vests and arm bands when out walking and cycling or motorcycling," he said.
The RSA are working alongside with Applegreen service stations to combat driver fatigue.
Motorists on the roads are being offered free cups of coffee to drivers from 2pm-8pm on Monday.