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M50 crash: two motorcyclists killed in collision with truck; Gardaí warn public not to share graphic images

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Gardaí at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound with the road closed in that direction between junctions 9 Red Cow and 7 Lucan. (Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Gardaí at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound with the road closed in that direction between junctions 9 Red Cow and 7 Lucan. (Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Heavy Traffic after a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound with the road closed in that direction between junctions 9 Red Cow and 7 Lucan.(Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Heavy Traffic after a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound with the road closed in that direction between junctions 9 Red Cow and 7 Lucan.(Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Gardaí at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound (Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Gardaí at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound (Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

TII traffic cam image of the M50 at Junction 7 this afternoon.

TII traffic cam image of the M50 at Junction 7 this afternoon.

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Gardaí at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the M50 Northbound with the road closed in that direction between junctions 9 Red Cow and 7 Lucan. (Pic Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos)

Two motorcyclists were killed in the horror crash that brought the M50 to a standstill for much of the day, Gardaí said this evening.

The collision between two motorcyclists and a truck happened shortly before 2pm between Junctions 9 at the Red Cow and Junction 7 Lucan on the northbound section of the motorway.

In a statement this evening the Gardaí appealed for witnesses to come forward.

"The two motorcyclists (males aged in their 50s and 60s) were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was uninjured,” the force said.

“The road, which was closed for a number of hours between Junction 9 and Junction 7 Northbound as Gardaí investigated the incident, has now reopened fully.

“Forensic Collision Investigators have concluded a technical examination of the scene.

“Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward.”

A second crash at Newland’s Cross, blocking the left and middle lanes inbound on the N7, added to the traffic disruption this evening.

All northbound lanes between junctions 9 and 7 were closed for several hours following the incident but have now fully reopened.

Gardaí have appealed for members of the public not to share images of the fatal crash that has in chaos on the M50 in Dublin.

In a statement, the force said: “An Garda Síochána is aware of graphic images of this collision which are being shared across social media and messaging applications and is appealing to the public not to share this material as it is disrespectful to the deceased and their family and friends.”

Investigators are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

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Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling on the M50 Northbound before Junction 9 prior to the road being closed or any road users who may have passed the scene should to make the footage available to Gardaí.

M50 management team said their thoughts and prayers were with the families of all involved.

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TII traffic cam image of the M50 at Junction 7 this afternoon.

TII traffic cam image of the M50 at Junction 7 this afternoon.

TII traffic cam image of the M50 at Junction 7 this afternoon.

Traffic was extremely heavy on both sides of the M50 on Friday afternoon and evening and evening after emergency services rerouted motorists who were stuck in long tailbacks.

For several hours, tailbacks of vehicles at a complete standstill on the M50 north stretched for several kilometres, while the southbound motorway was also very congested. 


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