M50 accident puts 22 soldiers in hospital

Twenty-two soldiers have been taken to five hospitals in Dublin following the multi-vehicle accident on the M50 this morning, according to the Defence Forces.

Twenty-two soldiers have been taken to five hospitals in Dublin following the multi-vehicle accident on the M50 this morning, according to the Defence Forces.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway of the M50 near the Ballymun exit at around 10.50am today.

Ten soldiers have minor injuries, one has a broken leg and 11 have suspected neck and spinal injuries.

Three military trucks and two civilian vehicles were involved in the accident.

There are no reports of civilian injuries as a result of the accident.

The injured have been taken to Beaumont, St James’s, The Mater, Blanchardstown and St Bricin’s Military Hospital’s.

Gardaí assisted by Military Police and the Defence Forces will investigate the accident.

The troops were part of a nine-vehicle convoy that left Cathal Brugha Barracks this morning with 75 personnel for an exercise in the Cooley Mountains, Co Louth.

The troops are part of a Potential Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) course from the 2 Eastern Brigade Training Centre, Cathal Brugha Barracks.

In June 2007, 12 members of the Defence Forces were injured following a road traffic accident while travelling in the rear of an army truck at Granard, Co. Longford. As a result of this the procurement of Roll-Over Protection Systems, including safety harnesses, to be fitted to over 150 such trucks is in the early stages of procurement.

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