Fire services battled with a blazing inferno on a major Dublin dual carriageway after a truck overturned and burst into flames.
A huge disaster was narrowly avoided at the height of evening traffic yesterday when a motorist spotted a fire in the back of the trailer of a truck travelling along the N11, near Newtownmountkennedy, and alerted the driver.
The fast-acting truck driver had manoeuvred the artic on to the hard shoulder and unhitched the cab before it was completely engulfed in flames.
It is understood the container was carrying plastic sheeting and aluminium as well as liquid stored in plastic containers, all reported to be highly flammable.
As soon as the blaze took hold, it very quickly became a major incident as it triggered a number of smaller explosions.
Motorists said that these explosions caused debris to land on the southbound carriageway. Up to 15 emergency vehicles were at the scene of the incident and fire crews used foam guns to fight the outbreak.
Gardai and the Fire Brigade later gave the all clear for the southbound carriageway to be re-opened and it's not expected that there will be any further delays today.