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early morning crash

Woman in critical condition in hospital after M50 crash

The motorway was closed for hours today, creating traffic chaos.

Updated 6.35pm

A WOMAN IS in a critical condition in hospital following a crash on the M50 early this morning.

The 47-year-old woman was driving a car which was involved in a collision with two trucks at about 5.30am near Lucan.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is still described as critical.

The drivers of the trucks – men aged 33 and 47 – were uninjured.

An appeal for witnesses was made this evening. Gardaí are hoping to talk to anyone travelling on the M50 southbound between junction 6 Blanchardstown and junction 9 at the Red Cow, or who may have merged onto the M50 southbound at junction 7, Lucan via the N4 eastbound/westbound between 5am and 5.45am today.

A section of the motorway at junction 7 was closed for a number of hours to allow for debris to be cleared and for forensic tests. It reopened fully at lunchtime today after hours of traffic chaos in Dublin.

Knock-on delays in the aftermath of the road closure let to traffic gridlock in the immediate area and elsewhere in the city.

Debris was cleared from the scene of the crash by midday, but it took another hour for the road surface to be fully cleaned and for all routes onto the M50 to be fully reopened.

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Five hour commutes

Road users took to Twitter to detail their experiences, as they waited for the road to be cleared…

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With reporting from Aoife Barry and Sinead O’Carroll

Read: The driver of this crumpled hatchback escaped without injury (but they weren’t wearing their seatbelt)

Read: Somehow, nobody was seriously hurt in this six-car accident on the M50

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