Bus crash on busy M7 grinds weekend commuter traffic to a halt
Traffic on the main Dublin to Limerick road ground to a halt this evening after a bus crashed into debris that fell from a van.
The AA is reporting that the M7 Dublin/ Limerick Rd is closed southbound between J25 Nenagh Centre and J26 Nenagh West.
Eye witnesses reported that the bus struck a load that had fallen off another vehicle, believed to be a truck, on the busy motorway shortly before 2.30am this afternoon.
Brian Patten, who was on the bus, said: "We collided with a van/trailer carrying sheets of wood. Don't know if wood came off the back or we ran in to its back,
"A couple of other passengers and the driver had a few scrapes and bruises but that's it. I'm completely fine."
Mr Patten posted dramatic pictures online this afternoon showing the vehicle with a smashed window.
The AA advised that southbound traffic should exit the motorway at J24 Toomevara.
Gardaí confirmed that the road was reopened shortly before 6pm.
TIPPERARY: M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd closed southbound between J25 Nenagh Centre & J26 Nenagh West.Exit at J24 Toomevara https://t.co/9H7eVw9Wjc— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 13, 2017
Bus crash blocking both lanes of M7 southbound just outside Nenagh heading towards Limerick. Both lanes blocked.— Laura Ryan (@LauraMR) January 13, 2017
Traffic Alert:Gardaí dealing with debris on the road on the M7,southbound between Jnt 24 &26 and road closed at present. Diversions in place— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 13, 2017
Meanwhile Iarnród Eireann is experiencing delay at the M3 Parkway rail station.
16:35 M3 Parkway has stopped at Glasnevin Junction causing severe disruption to Maynooth, Longford, Sligo and Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch
The service has stopped at Glasnevin Junction "causing severe disruption to Maynooth, Longford, Sligo and Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch".