Traffic on the main Dublin to Limerick road ground to a halt this evening after a bus crashed into debris that fell from a van.
The AA is reporting that the M7 Dublin/ Limerick Rd is closed southbound between J25 Nenagh Centre and J26 Nenagh West.
Eye witnesses reported that the bus struck a load that had fallen off another vehicle, believed to be a truck, on the busy motorway shortly before 2.30am this afternoon.
Brian Patten, who was on the bus, said: "We collided with a van/trailer carrying sheets of wood. Don't know if wood came off the back or we ran in to its back,
"A couple of other passengers and the driver had a few scrapes and bruises but that's it. I'm completely fine."
Mr Patten posted dramatic pictures online this afternoon showing the vehicle with a smashed window.
The AA advised that southbound traffic should exit the motorway at J24 Toomevara.
Gardaí confirmed that the road was reopened shortly before 6pm.
TIPPERARY: M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd closed southbound between J25 Nenagh Centre & J26 Nenagh West.Exit at J24 Toomevara https://t.co/9H7eVw9Wjc— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 13, 2017
Bus crash blocking both lanes of M7 southbound just outside Nenagh heading towards Limerick. Both lanes blocked.— Laura Ryan (@LauraMR) January 13, 2017
Traffic Alert:Gardaí dealing with debris on the road on the M7,southbound between Jnt 24 &26 and road closed at present. Diversions in place— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 13, 2017
Meanwhile Iarnród Eireann is experiencing delay at the M3 Parkway rail station.
16:35 M3 Parkway has stopped at Glasnevin Junction causing severe disruption to Maynooth, Longford, Sligo and Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) January 13, 2017
The service has stopped at Glasnevin Junction "causing severe disruption to Maynooth, Longford, Sligo and Grand Canal Dock to Hazelhatch".