Monday 23 September 2019

Driver's lucky escape after truck jack-knifes and fuel tanks burst on busy road

Emergency crews at the scene of the collision (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Emergency crews at the scene of the collision (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A truck driver had a lucky escape after the vehicle in which he was driving jack-knifed and crashed into a road barrier, bursting his fuel tanks this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene shortly after 7am and Dublin Fire Brigade crews worked in the morning darkness to contain the fuel spill.

There were no injuries in the incident, Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed.

Photographs shared by Dublin Fire Brigade on their official Twitter account showed crews prevented fuel spreading on the road with a boom.

The images also showed how the heavy good vehicle collided with the crash barrier, the slipway barrier bent backwards from the force.

Gardai also attended the scene this morning, while M50 motorway services treated the spill.

The truck was removed from the scene and a road sweeper began cleaning the spill shortly after 8am.

The collision took place on the m50 south-bound slip road to the N7, at the Red Cow roundabout.

Motorists experienced serious delays after the slip road was closed to traffic.

AA Roadwatch advised drivers to take a detour to avoid heavy traffic.

Traffic for the N7 Naas Rd outbound from the M50 was diverted to leave the M50 at J7 Lucan, take the Outer Ring Rd and join the N7 at J4 Rathcoole.

Traffic remained heavy southbound on the M50 for up to three hours following the incident.

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