Sunday 23 September 2018

Hail, heavy rainfall lead to spate of road crashes

The scene of Thursday’s collision on the M7 near Dunkerrin in Co Tipperary. One person was airlifted to hospital by the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Fire crews used cutting equipment to release a child from the wreckage of one car. Two vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred following a heavy downpour of hail. A third car spun out of control at the same location. Photograph Press 22
The scene of Thursday’s collision on the M7 near Dunkerrin in Co Tipperary. One person was airlifted to hospital by the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Fire crews used cutting equipment to release a child from the wreckage of one car. Two vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred following a heavy downpour of hail. A third car spun out of control at the same location. Photograph Press 22
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Bank holiday drivers have been warned of treacherous conditions on the roads this weekend, with a Status Yellow hail warning in effect until this morning.

Poor weather conditions led to a spate of road accidents yesterday.

A child was airlifted to hospital following a two-car collision on the M7 at Nenagh, Co Tipperary, last night during a heavy hail shower.

A woman was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital following a collision in Bunclody, Co Wexford, yesterday morning between two cars and a school bus carrying 20 children, none of whom were injured.

Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow hail warning in effect from 8pm last night until 10am today, with heavy overnight showers.

A number of people were taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway following a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 near Ballinasloe during a heavy hail shower at rush hour, around 5pm. It's believed up to 12 vehicles were involved but none of the injuries were serious.

The Road Safety Authority warned the Easter holiday is notorious for road fatalities, noting 59 people have died on the same bank holiday weekend since 2012.

Irish Independent

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