South Ring Road reopens following multi-car crash; delays of 30-45 minutes endured by rush-hour commuters

South Ring Road reopens following multi-car crash; delays of 30-45 minutes endured by rush-hour commuters
The traffic on the N40 South Ring Road following this morning's road traffic accident. Pic: Larry Cummins

CORK'S South Ring Road has reopened following a multi-car crash during rush hour traffic this morning.

Emergency services attended the scene of a multi-car crash on the south link at the Mahon junction this morning which brought city-bound traffic to a standstill causing delays of up to 45 minutes for commuters heading westbound toward the Kinsale Road Roundabout.

No major injuries were sustained in the crash according to Gardaí.

A section of the N40 westbound from Mahon to toward the Kinsale Road Roundabout was closed following the crash.

A spokesperson for the Munster Fire Control centre said four units from Anglesea Street Cork City Fire Brigade and emergency services were alerted to the incident at 7.55am and arrived at the scene at 8.05am.

A map showing the traffic in Cork city with heavy traffic marked red. Pic: Google Maps
A map showing the traffic in Cork city with heavy traffic marked red. Pic: Google Maps

The AA said the incident has had knock-on effects on traffic across the city: 

"Traffic remains extremely heavy on the M8 southbound queuing for the Dunkettle Interchange following a collision on the N40 earlier this morning.

"There are still long inbound delays on the Lwr Glanmire Rd from after the Dunkettle R/A through to the train station. Not too far away, the Old Dublin Rd (R639) remains heavy from the Dunkettle R/A into Glanmire.

"It’s heavy on both the Skehard Rd and the Well Rd inbound approaching the junction at Churchyard Lane.

"Inbound on the Old Youghal Rd is slow now from before the Church Hill junction through to Tinker’s Cross."

Bus services were severely delayed with the 8.30am bus from Fermoy taking two hours to reach the city.

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