GARDAI are warning of treacherous driving conditions this Friday and for the duration of the bank holiday weekend with hail and thundery showers forecast for many areas.
Met Éireann has issued a weather warning for persistent hailstones and heavy rainfall in southern parts of the country.
“Hail and thunder risks are expected to persist in parts of the south later today and possibly over the Easter weekend along with frost. Hail, in particular will lead to treacherous driving conditions,” said a garda spokesperson.
The road safety warning has been issued less than 24 hours after gardai attended a number of multi-vehicle road collisions.
The M7 is reopen at Junction 22 & 23 Limerick bound following a RTC which resulted in a person being airlifted to hospital as precaution. Please reduce your speed and take care on the roads when wet #Arrivealive pic.twitter.com/BcffiRnAS5— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) 29 March 2018
Four separate accidents, involving 14 vehicles, happened on the M7 Limerick to Dublin motorway between 2pm and 8pm while four cars were involved in a collision on the M18 Limerick to Galway motorway shortly before 7.30pm.
In each case, there was heavy hail in the area around the time of the accident.
“Hail showers pose significant risks to road users particularly on motorways. Drivers on motorways need to be vigilant and ready to stop when and if necessary and they need to be able to stop the vehicle safely in order to avoid collisions. Please drive to the conditions, reduce your speed and increase your braking distance,” said Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau.
Meanwhile, gardai have confirmed they attended the scene of a single vehile collision at Rathjordan, Herbertstown, Caherconlish in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The female driver avoided serious injury after the car she was travelling in struck a ditch shortly after 1am.
Gardai in Bruff are investigating the circumstances of the accident.