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12-car collision in Galway among several crashes around country as hailstorms hit

It’s understood no one was seriously injured.

Updated 9pm

A NUMBER OF people have been taken to hospital after a multi-car crash in Galway this evening.

Up to 12 cars were involved in the crash, which occurred this evening on the M6 in Ballinasloe.

It is understood that none involved sustained any serious injuries.

A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “There seemed to be a heavy downpour of hail stones on the M6 at about 5pm.

4 vehicles on one side of motorway and 8 vehicles on the other [were involved in the crash]. [There were] no serious injuries – a number of people removed to Portiuncula Hospital with minor injuries.

Units from the gardaí, fire brigade and ambulance service attended the scene.

The M6 was closed in both directions between J14 and J15 at Ballinasloe following the crash.

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As a result, traffic was very heavy on the Dublin Road in Ballinasloe Town.

Separate incidents were caused by downpours of hail in Kilkenny and Tipperary this evening.

The M8 was closed southbound at J4 Urlingford while emergency services dealt with a number of collisions.

Hail was also causing poor visibility between Urlingford and J11 Cahir South, and motorists were urged to take extreme care on the route.

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