Snow Ice - Crashes on treacherous Laois roads causes traffic gridlock

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


Two crashes on Laois roads this morning with traffic slow on many treacherous roads

Traffic at a crawl on the Borris road in Portlaoise this morning January 17.

There were two crashes reported on the roads in Laois this morning, with roads remaining treacherous across the county and traffic at a crawl on untreated roads.

AA Roadwatch reported both crashes just after 8am this morning. The first was on the N80 road between Portlaoise and Stradbally.

There was significant build up in Portlaoise on the Borris Road which serves two big secondary schools.

Traffic across the county was at a crawl after overnight snows and freezing temperatures, with most rural roads in Laois not gritted by Laois County Council.

The second crash was on the M7 motorway between both Portlaoise junctions.

Meanwhile, reports are coming in from people experiencing very slippy conditions on roads and paths around the county.

Less than a quarter of the roads network in Laois are treated with salt and grit in icy weather, leaving much of the county's roads a danger for drivers and pedestrians.

Read more: What roads does Laois County Council grit in icy weather?