Cars queued up behind a parked van caused a traffic jam in Dublin yesterday

The traffic jam in Dublin caused by people queueing up behind a parked van. Photo: Reddit (Rich131)

There was an unusual sight in Dublin yesterday. Passers-by were amazed to see a backlog of cars on South William Street, especially as it wasn’t a real traffic jam.

One car mistook a parked van as stopped traffic and waited behind it. More joined the line until there was a considerable delay.

One Reddit user, Rich131, posted a photo of the spectacle yesterday, taken by his friend.

"A friend of mine took this picture while walking through Dublin city this afternoon."

Many asked why the drivers didn't just go around once they realised what was happening, but Rich131 explained that there was no room to move and "it would take a 46 point turn to get out of the line".

"I think the first few cars have very little room to manoeuvre so they can't really do anything," he explained. "I think those further back don't know what's going on and think they're stuck in legitimate traffic."

The photo captured the minds of the Irish online, with many joking about the scene on Twitter.

The chaotic traffic in Dublin won't be news to many. Today, navigation company TomTom announced that Dublin is the tenth worst city in the world for traffic congestion.

Are we surprised?

TomTom's ten most traffic-clogged cities

1. Moscow, Russia

2. Istanbul, Turkey

3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4. Mexico City, Mexico

5. São Paulo, Brazil

6. Palermo, Italy

7. Warsaw, Poland

8. Rome, Italy

9. Los Angeles, USA

10. Dublin, Ireland


Lifestyle

FOR many of us, health insurance is high on the list of financial products which that we tend to avoid changing out of fear and confusion.Money and Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular Emma in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about the spoilt, meddling matchmaker who means well, says Laura HardingAnya Taylor-Joy: ‘Emma is my little monster’

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

More From The Irish Examiner