Hay, you can't do that - Limerick Tunnel closed after truck mishap
THE Limerick Tunnel has been closed after a truck carrying a load of hay bales became wedged.
Despite a number of height restriction signs being on display, the driver drove through the entrance on the northbound side and specialised equipment was subsequently damaged.
The maximum height of vehicles which can travel through the tunnel is 4.65 metres. It is understood the lorry carrying hay bales was 5m at its highest point.
The northbound lane of the Tunnel is likely to remain closed for a number of days following the incident at approximately 8.30am.
Gardaí say that a contra-flow traffic system has been put in place on the southbound side of the link, with a speed limit of 50km being imposed.
Speaking on Limerick’s Live95FM news, Declan Cahill, the Chief Executive of DirectRoute Limited which operates the Tunnel said:
“We have had quite a substantial amount of damage to signs, lights and the electronic system.”
He added that work to repair the tunnel’s northbound lane will take a “number of days.”
The incident comes just days after Irish Rail released footage of truck drivers getting stuck under height-restricted bridges.
The "basic intelligence and competence" of drivers who strike bridges should be question, according to a spokesperson for the company.
This year there have already been 68 "bridge strikes" on the network. In 2015, there were only 85.
The statement drew a furious response from the road haulage industry.