RUSH-hour motorists faced a nightmare commute home on one of the busiest roads in the country following a fatal accident which claimed the life of an elderly pedestrian.
Some motorists reported that they ran out of petrol because of the chaotic delays that virtually closed down the N7 outside Dublin.
There were reports that it took four hours to travel the 10km from Bluebell in Clondalkin to Citywest.
A 64-year-old man died in the incident which happened southbound on the N7 Naas Road near Junction Three Citywest at about 4.45pm.
It is understood he had been attempting to cross the busy dual carriageway when he was struck by a car.
The female driver of the vehicle, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured in the collision but is believed to have been treated for shock.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at 01 666 7900 or 1800 666 111.