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    Multiple Pile-ups on Kildare/Dublin road

    It seems there was a load of crashes at around nine on the N7 between Kildare and Naas going north. It appears there are ten accident sites.

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    From RTE.ie
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    A major emergency plan is in place in Co Kildare after a number of serious crashes on the M7 motorway involving up to 20 cars.


    Diversions are in place and motorists in the area are being advised to slow down.


    Two people are understood to have been seriously injured and up to 20 people have been taken to hospital.
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    One serious crash at Ballymany, between Kildare and Newbridge, and another at the M7/M9 intersection are the main problem.


    AA Roadwatch says motorists should divert off the M7 at Monasterevin, Kildare or Newbridge to avoid the long tailbacks, which run from Monasterevin to past the Newbridge exit.


    They are also advised to slow down to at least 30km/h northbound and southbound and to turn on hazard lights.


    Fog is extremely dense throughout the area from Portlaoise through to Naas.


    Motorists are warned not to use the hard shoulder, as it needs to be kept open for emergency services.</rte:></DIV>


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      #3
      Originally posted by Piquet


      Fog is extremely dense throughout the area from Portlaoise through to Naas.

      Guaranteed to be caused by the Irish fascination for driving up the arse of the car in front, no matter what the weather or road conditions.
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        #4
        Met a truck which was reversing back over a blind hill this morning, in the fog, on a secondary road, as he'd missed his turn off.

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          #5
          Many people actually turn their lights off in heavy fog, but use front and rear foglights in perfect weather to be "cool". Some idiots describe them as spotlights or driving lights.

          A pet hate.

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            #6


            27/03/2007 - 2:10:07 PM


            Twenty-eight injured as fog leads to motorway pile-ups :: latest


            A total of 28 people have been injured in up to 40 motorway collisions in Co Kildare.


            The dramatic pile-ups on the M7 and M9 routes have triggered massive traffic disruption between Newbridge and Kilcullen and surrounding areas.


            Gardaí have blamed foggy weather conditions and speeding motorists for the mayhem and said the carriageways may not re-open until this evening.


            The Health Services Executive said 23 ambulances have ferried the 28 injured to hospitals in Naas and elsewhere.


            A spokesperson said: “A total of 27 patients have been received at Naas General Hospital. One child has been transferred to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Three of the people are described as in a critical condition, 19 are in a serious condition and five have minor injuries.


            “There were 23 ambulances at the accident scene as well as a number of GPs.”


            “Extra staff has been called in to work. Outpatient departments and all planned surgery have been cancelled to free up operating theatres,” she added.


            Emergency helpline numbers have been set up for relatives: (045) 849514 or (045) 849512.


            AA Roadwatch said the spate of crashes was causing tailbacks of around 20kms. Some motorists have been unable to move their vehicles for four hours.


            Garda Supt Ken Brennan said: “Fifteen collisions occurred at 9am approximately over a two-mile stretch of the M7. Traffic is being diverted from Ballymany through Newbridge and Naas and back on to the M7.”


            Chief Supt John Farrelly of the Garda Traffic Bureau speculated that motorists travelling too fast in foggy conditions may have contributed to the crashes.


            More fog is forecast by Met Eireann for tonight and tomorrow morning.


            “People travel too fast in foggy conditions with no lights on, and travel too close to the vehicle in front,” he added.


            AA Roadwatch advised motorists to divert off the M7 at Monasterevin, Kildare or Newbridge to avoid the long tailbacks from Monasterevin to past the Newbridge exit.


            Motorists should slow down to at least 30km/h northbound and southbound and turn on hazard lights.


            RTÉ Agriculture Correspondent Joe O’Brien had to break suddenly to avoid crashing into a collision in front of him on the M7 near Newbridge Co Kildare.


            He told RTÉ Radio that the scene resembled ’a war zone’.


            “All the traffic has been stopped. Scores of firemen.


            “People lying with injuries on the side of the road, waiting to be taken away.


            “Some people are still injured in their vehicles.


            “I’m told there is one woman seriously injured under a truck and the fire services have been trying to free her for the past half an hour.”


            Mr O’Brien said that the accidents began in dense fog around 9.15am this morning.


            “I was lucky myself. I had to pull to a rapid halt. An Aircoach bus in front of me was involved in a collision with a motorbike. The car in front of that has been written-off.


            “There were several crashes behind me as well. The girl in the car behind me was taken to hospital. I can look 100 yards up the road and there is another serious incident there. Just past that, and there is another incident yet again.”
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              #7

              there's a guy on the radio now that was involved in one of the accidents whinging about the nra despite the fact that he accepts people (including himself) were driving too fast and tailgating in heavy fog.

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                #8


                That'd be a rough day on the Road id say, I know someone on a bus 7 and a half hours Limerick to dublin, ridiculous. feckin fog...


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                  #9
                  You can fail a driving test in Dublin and then get back in your 2litre car and drive on a Motorway down the country and it's considered acceptable.

                  How many more have to die or be maimed before we force people to take supervised lessons and then prove they are capable of driving safely before allowing them into a car, in traffic and at speed.
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                    #10


                    Some traffic apparently not moving for up to 4 hours this morning on the M7


                    It is a pet hate of mine also that people will not use their dipped headlights in fog. Some seem to think that the dinky parking lights used in many Japanese cars are actually visible in the fog.

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                      #11
                      From watching the news tonight it appears they were people driving past crashes and happily carrying on at 120kph with out any thought. Lemmings...
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                        #12


                        Originally posted by socks
                        there's a guy on the radio now that was involved in one of the accidents whinging about the nra despite the fact that he accepts people (including himself) were driving too fast and tailgating in heavy fog.

                        Heard thateejit too, though in fairness there is no digital warning system in place like you'd find on most motorways. Might have slammed home theneed to slow the f**k down.

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                          #13


                          Ye're all losing the run of yereselves here,


                          1. 35 seperate accidents in a 5 sq mile area in 30mins, this was weird.


                          Met a guy tonight who was on the road this morning and he said that , from fog, it turned to a "white wall". He's been in fog, ice, you name it, it was nothing he'd ever even read about!, and now (his words) the political reaction is electronic speed indicators to be put up on all motorways, which at the slightest hint of bad weather will be set the night before, as the operators clock off, and we'll all be caught on cameras doing 70km's on a sunny morn 'cause the €60 system is set at 50km's from the last man on.!


                          2. The fog was spread from Portlaoise to Naas, yet all the accidents occuredinavery small area.


                          3. The MEDGIA kept announcing townlandsin reports, as opposed toinforming the 50,000 vehicles affected in tailbacks, junctions touse to evade the delays. Even at 3pmAA roadwatch reported that both motorways were open again, AND then went on to suggest "alternative routes for motorists, to avoid the closure of the N7 "nortbyind" ".


                          4. "The Emergency plan was put in place and worked effectivly (sp)". Many I spoke to today travelling on both sides of the mw, spoke about how bloody lacadasical the whole operation seemed to be once the injured were taken to hosp.Cops werestrolling around,"I thinkthe crane is up ahead , and whet it's finished there, 'twill try and get down here to get that truck cleared, dunno know after that"


                          Bottom line, that many accidents do not occur within an hour anywhere, now the nation suffer more stupid traffic restrictions as a policitical reaction.


                          Only in IRL.

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                            #14

                            "White wall" conditions are rare and highly dangerous.

                            A few simple actions might have prevented or at least minimised crashes (and a needless fatality this morning apparently).

                            Use of dipped headlights (as per Corker's suggestion) and also the proper use of front and rear foglights.

                            A reduction in speed in accordance with visibility.

                            The elimination of tailgating. I was in Dublin last week and the lane discipline and maintenance of safe distances between some drivers on the N7/M7 was simply shocking.

                            Speed indicators are unnecessary imho.

                            Park 2 Garda vehicles either side of the fog with flashing lights and people will have to slow down and behave. Zero extra expenditure involved.

                            We have the worst driving standards I've ever come across in the developed world. The miracle is that many more innocents aren't maimed or killed.

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                              #15

                              Originally posted by rathbaner
                              You can fail a driving test in Dublin and then get back in your 2litre car and drive on a Motorway down the country and it's considered acceptable.

                              How many more have to die or be maimed before we force people to take supervised lessons and then prove they are capable of driving safely before allowing them into a car, in traffic and at speed.
                              Unqualified drivers should not be allowed to travel alone on any road.

                              To allow them on motorways is plain madness.

                              I blame the Government and Gardai for their unwillingness/inability to enforce the law.

                              I counted dozens of cars on the M7 last week boldly displaying L plates. Some of the L plates were illegal too.

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