Tuesday 19 September 2017

Traffic chaos after truck catches fire on M50

The truck on fire on the M50
The truck on fire on the M50
Scene of fire (Credit: Kyran O'Brien)
Dublin Fire Bridage attending the scene (Credit: Kyran O'Brien)
The scene on the M50 this evening
Tailbacks on the M50 after the truck caught fire

Sam Griffin & Louise Kelly

The northbound carraigeway of the M50 at junction 6 Blanchardstown has been reopened after its closure earlier today

The road was closed after a truck transporting hay bales on the motorway caught fire this afternoon.

Fire and emergency services attended the scene and there are no reports of any injuries or fatalities.

However, evening commuters experienced significant delays as traffic was diverted off the M50 at Junction 6.

The stretch of the motorway remained closed for a number of hours to enable fire services to extinguish the fire and to remove any debris.

Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed at least five pumps attended the scene including a foam tender and a water tanker. Three senior officers were also on site.

The scene on the M50 this evening
The scene on the M50 this evening

Motorists were asked to avoid this stretch of the M50 earlier and use alternative routes if at all possible.

The five-axle truck ban in Dublin city centre was temporarily lifted due to the closure.

The scene on the M50 this evening
The scene on the M50 this evening

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus advised that the service was experiencing delays as a result of the incident.

Units from Dublin Fire Brigade attending the scene
Units from Dublin Fire Brigade attending the scene

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