Motorists advised to avoid M50 in morning commute traffic chaos
Early morning M50 commuters experienced major traffic delays due to two separate crashes on the busy motorway.
The first collision occurred before Junction 9 at the Red Cow shortly after 7am on Thursday morning.
A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesperson said that six vehicles were involved in the serious crash.
Traffic on the M50 northbound was reportedly "solid from J11 Tallaght to J9 Red Cow due to people slowing to look at the incident on the southbound side".
It was taking an hour and 45 minutes to travel from the M1 via the M50 to reach Junction 9 at the Red Cow - a distance that should only take under 15 minutes.
Delays ceased at approximately 10.30am with AA Roadwatch reporting 'significant improvements'.
Dublin Traffic - Delays on M50 Southbound before Junction 9 due to a Collision— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 20, 2016
M50: Definitely worth avoiding the M50 southbound now due to the collisions before J6 and J9. It's already v.slow and will only get worse.— Live Drive (@LiveDrive) October 20, 2016
Emergency services responded to the crash which was reportedly blocking three lanes; only the auxiliary lane remains open.
Elsewhere on the motorway, a separate crash occurred at Junction 6 at Blanchardstown which created a traffic backlog of 45 minutes from Junction 4 at Ballymun as far as Junction 7 as Lucan.
It was the fourth morning this week that commuters in the capital experienced major delays.
Meanwhile, a car which was abandoned on the Quays caused a serious backlog for city centre drivers.
The vehicle was moved to a bus stop on Eden Quay but there were knock-on delays for motorists.