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Red Cow chaos as truck turns over

AN overturned truck at the Red Cow interchange caused major rush-hour traffic delays this morning.

There was no access to the Red Cow from the N7/Naas Road outbound, where the cement truck overturned at around 4am, AA Roadwatch said.

However, inbound traffic on the N7/Naas Road to the city, as well as traffic travelling to the southbound intersection of the M50, was not affected.

Salvage crews were working to clear the truck at rush hour this morning. Traffic heading for Newlands Cross was diverted onto the M50 southbound down to the J10 Ballymount exit and then back up to the M50 northbound to the J9 Red Cow exit, for drivers heading towards Naas.

The truck, laden with fine powdered cement, rolled over on to its passenger side and demolished a barrier at the side of the road.

Emergency crews raced to the scene, but the driver was reported to be uninjured, although he did have to be freed from the cab.

Gardai immediately put traffic diversions in place while lifting crews prepared to remove the truck. But sources close to the scene said the lifting operation would be hampered by the fact that three cement containers on the truck had ruptured.

Two cranes and a tow-truck worked at the scene as rush-hour approached, and a fleet of garda vehicles helped co-ordinate the salvage operation.

At one stage, the M50 southbound exit for the Naas Road outbound was down to one lane at the J9 Red Cow as salvage vehicles and rescue crews worked to recover the overturned truck.