Sunday 15 September 2019

Freak hail shower causes series of crashes on the N11

Road was closed for three hours on Saturday

Emergency services respond to an accident at Kilmacanogue on Saturday night
Emergency services respond to an accident at Kilmacanogue on Saturday night

Mary Fogarty

Sudden hailstones and snowfall cause a series of traffic accidents on the N11 on Saturday afternoon, closing the road for three hours.

In the first incident, a car was travelling southbound at Kilmurray and slowed down due to the sudden adverse weather. A second vehicle was travelling the same direction adjacent to that car. A third vehicle behind them crashed in to them.

There were no serious injuries in that collision.

Gardai in Bray said that there was an ambulance at the scene as a precaution.

The road was closed from approximately 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m.

During that time around three inches of snow and hail fell and turned into compacted ice, resulting in a number of collisions.

They included an incident involving a motorbike, and also an overturned van.

The freak weather occurred on a stretch of 400 metres of the dual carriageway and the closure and collisions affected both the northbound and southbound lanes.

Traffic was diverted through Bray, causing heavy traffic throughout the town. Snow also fell within the town of Bray.

Paramedics, units of the fire brigade and the gardaí were on-site on numerous occasions throughout the evening to deal with the traffic accidents and ensure the safety of oncoming motorists.

The emergency services were called back to the area during the night as black ice developed on the dual carriageway between Kilmacanogue and The Glen of the Downs.

Ambulance personnel described the hail and snowfall as 'unusal and sudden' causing hazardous conditions.

Wicklow People