Traffic chaos as truck sheds load onto M50
Published 14/10/2010 | 05:00
RUSH-HOUR motorists experienced long delays on one of the busiest routes in the country yesterday after a truck overturned and shed its load of grain onto a motorway.
There was significant disruption to traffic lasting several hours after the lorry toppled onto its side on the overpass above the M50 at the busy Junction 9 Red Cow interchange shortly after 2pm.
Lengthy tailbacks soon built up after the truck's cargo of grain poured out onto the the motorway below, blocking two southbound lanes. The delays worsened as passing motorists slowed down to take a look at the drama.
The accident forced the closure of the off-ramp from the M50 southbound onto the N7 Naas Road, while southbound traffic on the motorway was reduced to one lane as engineering and clean-up crews worked to clear the junction.
South Dublin County Council deployed two 'gulley sucker' vehicles to hoover up the spilt grain. Although all lanes had been re-opened by 7pm, delays remained while a crane was used to right the overturned truck and remove it from the scene.