Call for emergency plan as man dies after being struck by lorry on M50
A man was fatally injured after being hit by a lorry on the capital's main motorway yesterday afternoon.
The incident happened at approximately 2.10pm on the M50 at the Junction 6 Blanchardstown exit when a lorry struck the pedestrian.
No one else was injured in the collision and the victim's body was removed to the mortuary at James Connolly Memorial Hospital.
Significant tailbacks were caused following the incident, with garda Forensic Collision Investigators carrying out examinations of the scene.
A number of Dublin Fire Brigade units from the Phibsborough station also attended the incident.
Lane three of the motorway at Junction 6 was opened shortly after 5pm, while the remaining lanes re-opened at 6pm after the scene was cleaned.
Gardai in Blanchardstown are appealing for witnesses to contact them at 01 6667000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
The tragic incident is the second fatality in the space of a week on the motorway.
Last Wednesday, a 47-year-old woman died after her vehicle collided with a lorry on the M50 southbound Lucan exit.
She was moved by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital and, despite the medical team's best efforts, she lost her fight for life on Saturday morning.
Fine Gael Councillor and General Election candidate for Dublin South West, Anne-Marie Dermody, has reiterated her call for a feasibility study into locating a Rapid Response Unit on the M50.
"Today, another accident has resulted in traffic chaos throughout the city and surrounding areas. Last week's fatality resulted in the diversion of 28,000 cars from the M50. We clearly need a proper emergency plan in place for this major route," Councillor Dermody stated.
"Deploying emergency crews to the scene of an accident can have a dramatic impact on the final outcome. Whilst the priority must always be tending to the injured, traffic management is also a responsibility," Ms Dermody said.
"A Rapid Response Unit [was despatched], comprising the fire and paramedics service, along with the gardai on one site on the M50," she added.