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Sunday 23 July 2017

Traffic chaos as collisions and flooding cause major delays during rush-hour

Traffic chaos on the roads this Friday evening. Stock picture
Traffic chaos on the roads this Friday evening. Stock picture
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A number of collisions and widespread flooding are leading to traffic chaos throughout the country this evening.

AA Roadwatch is reporting a number of collisions leading to delays on some of Ireland's busiest roads.

In Dublin city, there are delays from Prospect Road inbound before the Whitworth Road junction due to an earlier crash.

There is also a crash partially blocking the Pearse Street/ Macken Street junction. Traffic can get by with extreme care.

The M50 is also very busy with slow-moving traffic.

There is a crash on the M50 northbound at J10 Ballymount, blocking the right lane. Delays from J12 Firhouse to J7 Lucan.

Traffic is slow on the M50 southbound as far as J4 Ballymun and from the M50/M11 merge to J5 Bray North on the M11.

There is heavy traffic throughout Dublin city with delays on the Phibsborough Road, Swords Road, Amiens Street and along the canals.

In Kildare/Meath there are reports of a crash on the Enfield/Kinnegad Road (R148/Old N4) at Mother Hubbard’s. Traffic is down to one lane and gardai are directing traffic.

Meanwhile in Wexford, gardai are dealing with a crash northbound on the N11 Wexford/Dublin Road on the Wexford side of Oilgate.

Also in Wexford, gardai are to close the N30 Enniscorthy/New Ross Rd from 7 to 9pm to deal with overturned truck on Enniscorthy side of Clonroche.

In Cork, there is a fuel spill on Station Road in Blarney that has reportedly been treated.

AA Roadwatch are reporting that in Westmeath, the Kilbeggan/Dalystown Road has reopened at Ballynagore following a crash.

Motorists are being warned to slow down and keep a safe distance as flooding and surface water has been reported on roads throughout the country.

AA Roadwatch are asking drivers to reduce speed and increase the braking distance between you and the vehicle in front when driving on wet roads.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Rainfall Warning for Connacht and counties Donegal, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork. This warning is valid until midday tomorrow.

There is also a Status Yellow Weather Advisory in place for Ireland with periods of heavy rain and some severe downpours forecast at times, especially in southwestern, western and northwestern counties with spot flooding. This warning is valid until 6pm today.

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