A motorcyclist has been rushed to hospital in critical condition after a road traffic collision near Blarney in Cork this afternoon.
A section of the Blarney to Tower road has now been closed following the incident.
The collision involving the motorcyclist and a truck occurred close to the entrance to Willison Estate on the R617 between Blarney and Tower at around 1pm.
Gardaí, National Ambulance Service paramedics and two units of the Cork City Fire Brigade rushed to the scene.
The motorcyclist, a man in his 40s, suffered serious injuries and was removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.
No other injuries were reported at the scene.
The road between Paud’s Cross and the Shournagh Line was closed to all vehicular traffic, with pedestrian access only to Willison Estate, for a period of time but has since reopened.
Gardaí have appealed to witnesses to the collision to contact Gurranabraher Garda station on 021 494 6200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile, a two-car collision on the M7 Limerick to Dublin motorway resulted in massive tailbacks as gardaí closed all outbound lanes for an hour and a half during g rush hour traffic this evening.
The collision which occurred shortly after 5pm, near Ballysimon, led to a long delay for motorists.
“Gardaí attended a two-car road traffic collision that occurred on the M7 shortly after 5pm this evening. No injuries were reported at the scene and the road has since reopened,” said a garda spokesman.
Several units attached to Limerick City and County Fire Service also attended the scene.
Traffic flow returned to normal around 6.30pm this evening.