The M50 southbound is closed as a truck carrying several horses overturns
The M50 southbound is closed between J12 Firhouse and J13 Sandyford due to an overturned hose truck.
The driver is unhurt.
Update: All lanes are currently closed here with traffic travelling south being diverted off the M50 before J12 due to an overturned truck.
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 21, 2018
Motorists have been sharing pictures on social media of the animals lined up on the side of the road.
— Kat Furlong ⭐ (@kwheartbreakkid) July 21, 2018
It appears that all the horses survived and are well, although one photographed shared by the Dublin M50 Twitter account showed blood on the road. On Twitter they were described by one witness as "shaken" but "doing well".
On Saturday evening, traffic was being diverted off at J12 - with the AA telling people avoid this section of the M50. "There are heavy delays on approach in both directions," it added.
#DUBLIN Photo of the overturned truck on the M50.
— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 21, 2018
One motorist added that "Northbound heavy from Sandyford with rubbernecking. Once past accident, traffic is flowing."
Emergency services remain at the scene. The stretch of road will be closed until a crane arrives to move the truck.
Traffic queued to J11 pic.twitter.com/vhrAwOdu4W
— Mark Johnston (@mark_johnston) July 21, 2018
Another horsebox is en route to the scene to collect the animals.