Tuesday 25 September 2018

Motorway closed in both directions following two separate collisions on black ice

Icy road conditions reported in Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Offaly and Cork

The M8 southbound near Cahir (Photo: Google Maps)
The M8 southbound near Cahir (Photo: Google Maps)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

One of the country's busiest stretch of motorways was closed in both directions following two separate collisions this morning.

Gardaí closed the M8 southbound and northbound at Junction 11 at Cahir South, Tipperary shortly after 6.30am.

The closure followed two collisions, one in the northbound carriage and the other in the southbound carriage.

The northbound carriage reopened shortly after 9am, and the southbound carriage reopened shortly after 9.30am.

Gardaí confirmed to Independent.ie that there was material damage reported at the scene, but no serious injuries.

"The Fire Brigade are currently dealing with the incident and have closed the road for safety of personnel at the scene," a spokesperson said.

"There was a snow shower and this then froze, which resulted in black ice."

Gardaí urged road users to slow down in the area.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch also reported slushy conditions in Kildare and Offaly.

Parts of the M7 between J8 Johnstown to J10 Naas South and further south between J21 Borris In Ossory and J23 Moneygall were all reported as being areas of note.

AA Roadwatch added; "Care advised as there has already been a number of incidents."

In Cork, snowy conditions on the N20 between Mallow and Cork City caused the route to be busier than usual.

In Limerick, gardaí warned of slushy conditions on routes around the west of the county, AA Roadwatch report.

In Kerry, Conor Pass was closed due to snow and ice. Black ice was also reported on secondary routes in Leitrim.

Finally, in Mayo, icy conditions were reported in Castlebar, Swinford and on secondary routes around Claremorris. Black ice was also reported as a problem in Swinford.

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