Three hurt as six-car collision shuts M50
THREE people were recovering today following a terrifying six-car pile-up on the M50.
The Dublin ring-road was closed for a period while the accident, on the southbound carriageway, was cleared.
Three people had to be hospitalised following the crash, including two women in their 70s who were taken to St Vincent's Hospital.
Their conditions were described as stable.
A man in his 30s was taken to Loughlinstown Hospital where his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
The victims were travelling in separate cars at the time of the incident. All were expected to make a full recovery.
The crash occurred between the Cherrywood and M11 junctions at around 6.20pm yesterday.
Emergency services rushed to the scene to treat the injured.
The southbound carriageway between junctions 16 and 17 was closed to traffic for almost two hours.
Gardai issued a traffic alert while they dealt with the incident.
Traffic diversions were in place and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
The crash scene was cleared at 8.20pm and the road reopened, according to AA Roadwatch.
A Garda spokesman told the Herald the accident was being investigated but it was too early to say what the cause was.
"That is all part of the probe. That is why the collision investigator is involved," he said.
While there was thick fog across Dublin early yesterday, it cleared during the day and was not thought to be a factor in the incident.
Traffic on the M50 yesterday evening was very heavy, with further delays caused by the crash.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station at (01) 666 5200, or the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111.