Sunday 26 February 2017

Pedestrian killed after M50 lorry collision

Jane O'Faherty and Paul Melia

The scene of an incident on the M50 at J6 this evening which caused traffice back ups for miles
The scene of an incident on the M50 at J6 this evening which caused traffice back ups for miles
Traffic on the M50 Southbound at a standstill due to an incident at J6 Blanchardstown this evening

GardaÍ are investigating the death of a man in a collision on the M50.

The accident, which is believed to have involved a lorry and a pedestrian, occurred at around 2.10pm yesterday.

The tragic incident occurred near the Blanchardstown exit at Junction 6 on the M50 southbound. No one else was injured in the crash.

The age of the man has not yet been released. His body was later removed to the mortuary at Blanchardstown Hospital.

Several units from Phibsborough fire station joined gardaí in responding to the incident, which left three lanes of traffic closed along the motorway.

Three pumps, an emergency tender and an ambulance were also at the scene.

One lane was later reopened to let traffic past, but gardaí initially kept the two other lanes sealed off to facilitate a forensic investigation.

Emergency services also diverted traffic up the Junction 6 slip road to rejoin the M50 after the junction.

All lanes were reopened by 6.15pm last night.

The crash led to heavy disruption in what had been a difficult day for commuters across the capital.

Traffic and public transport was disrupted as emergency services dealt with the aftermath of Storm Barney throughout yesterday.

Fallen trees and flooding also caused delays throughout the city.

The accident came just days after another fatal crash on the country's busiest road which forced around 28,000 vehicles on to secondary roads. The incident took place after a car collided with two lorries near Junction 7 Lucan southbound last Thursday.

Martina Loughlin (47) was the sole occupant of the car she was driving. She was taken to Tallaght Hospital after being cut from the wreckage by rescue crews from Dublin Fire Brigade. She later died of her injuries.

The two male lorry drivers, aged 33 and 47, were uninjured.

According to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), the midweek period is one of the busiest times to travel along the M50. Data from TII also shows that the section of road near Junction 7 Lucan is one of the most used in Dublin, with almost 134,000 vehicles driving through it every day. Between 5am and 11am on one Wednesday this month, 29,237 vehicles travelled along it.

Irish Independent

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