Gardaí warn of perilous road conditions

GARDAÍ are continuing to warn motorists of perilous driving conditions following the death of a woman in Wexford after the minibus she was travelling in overturned on an icy patch.

The accident, in which 18 other people were injured, happened on the N11 near Gorey, as 19 post office staff from Enniscorthy were travelling to the Leopardstown races at around 10am.

An ambulance called to the scene skidded and overturned and gardaí said there were a number of other collisions as drivers tried to avoid the initial accident, causing a pile-up on both northbound and southbound lanes of the N11.

Gardaí said the body of the dead woman, aged in her 40s, was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital while the 18 other passengers were treated in Loughlinstown Hospital.

The N11 road from Bray to Wexford was yesterday described as “extremely dangerous and icy”.

Meanwhile, gardaí mounted a security operation after a Brink’s van carrying thousands of euro overturned on a treacherous stretch of road.

The security van, which was on cash collection duty in Ballinasloe, skidded on the outskirts of the east Co Galway town shortly after midday.

Members of Ballinasloe Fire Brigade had to use specialist cutting equipment to free two security guards.

One of the men was removed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and a hospital spokesperson last night described his condition as stable.

Gardaí from Ballinasloe oversaw the safe transfer of money from the vehicle which had been on its way to Portumna.

AA Roadwatch controller Nicola Hudson said some of the worst road conditions were being experienced in Co Wicklow.

The motorway between Ferns and Enniscorthy at the Scarawalsh Roundabout was also reported to be particularly dangerous.

Many roads leading out of Dublin city were also badly affected by the icy conditions.

The N4 Lucan Rd was closed inbound at the Palmerstown bypass due to icy conditions, while numerous collisions were reported due to severe ice on the M1 on a section between Donabate and Balbriggan.

Both AA Roadwatch and the gardaí advised people not to make any journeys to the Wicklow Mountains.

Gardaí also advised motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary in parts of Connacht, especially around Castlerea and Ballaghadreen in Roscommon.

Motorists can check conditions and latest traffic updates on aaroadwatch.ie


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