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Sunday 20 August 2017

Traffic misery for commuters after truck catches fire on M50

A fire in a truck on the M50 northbound at Blanchardstown on 30/9/2014
A fire in a truck on the M50 northbound at Blanchardstown on 30/9/2014

There was traffic chaos for motorists at rush hour yesterday evening after a lorry carrying hay caught fire on the M50.

Gardai alerted members of the public that the northbound carriageway at junction six Blanchardstown was closed following the incident.

Commuters faced long delays during one of the busiest periods of the day as traffic diversions were put in place.

A stretch of the motorway remained closed until shortly after 9pm to enable the fire services to extinguish the fire and remove the debris.

Dublin Fire Brigade said that at least five pumps attended the scene, including a foam tender and a water taker.

Three senior officers were also on site. Motorists were asked to avoid the stretch of the M50 and use alternative routes.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Liam Kane (65), a keen amateur photographer from Blanchardstown, took a number of photos at the scene.

"I was in the car and I saw the flames. I know the area very well," he said.

He said that the hoses had been working on the blaze for some time.

Liam said that "luckily the smoke was blowing away from us".

He wasn't caught up in the traffic chaos as he had been coming through the Phoenix Park and over the bridge at Castleknock when he saw the flames and managed to continue home.

Stretch

It was shortly around 6pm when gardai first advised motorists about the stretch of carriageway being closed.

It continued to update motorists as the evening unfolded.

At one point, gardai advised that the five-axle truck ban in force in the city centre was temporarily being lifted due to the closure, with heavy traffic reported on the M50.

fdillon@herald.ie

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