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Woman killed in M50 crash horror as car hits barrier

A woman died after suffering catastrophic injuries in a motorway crash yesterday.

The accident happened at around 11.30am at Junction 5 of the M50 northbound, near Finglas.

The woman, named locally as Jackie Griffin, from Tallaght, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is under way into the tragedy.

Gardai were forced to appeal to people to stop circulating images of the crash on social media out of respect for the victim's family and others involved in the incident.

Officers also urged people to drive with care past the site.

Four vehicles were involved, but it was an impact between two cars that caused the most serious damage, including the loss of life.

"As far as we are aware, one car was in a collision with another car, which then collided with a crash barrier," a source told the Herald last night.


"The woman in that vehicle which hit the barrier suffered catastrophic injuries.

"The other car then came to a stop a couple of hundred metres away."

Tallaght councillor Louise Dunne said: "My thoughts are with the victim's family and with her friends.

"It's an absolutely tragic and horrific thing for her family and her friends to have to go through."

Another family friend described Ms Griffin as "a gem of a person".

The driver of the other car, a man in his 50s, was taken to Connolly Hospital, though he is not understood to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

A truck that was not involved in the initial impact also sustained damage, as did another car.

The road was closed into late last night as officers carried out investigations, with drivers hit by long delays during rush hour.