Breaking: Part of M7 motorway closed due to fire
Part of the Dublin Limerick M7 motorway southbound was closed at Junction 18 Portlaoise West as emergency services dealt with a serious incident involving a fire on Thursday afternoon around 4:00pm.
One lane is open on the M7 southbound while emergency services deal with the fire and traffic is quite slow along that stretch.
Motorists are being advised to drive carefully in the area as smoke may affect visibility.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland Traffic has reported that a vehicle is on fire.
UPDATE: Vehicle on Fire on M7 between J18 - PORTLAOISE(WEST) and J19 - M7/M8 (West) The M7 is closed at J18-PORTLAOISE(WEST). Diversions are in place. Drive with care— TII Traffic (@TIITraffic) August 23, 2018
Motorists should exit the motorway at J17 Portlaoise Centre, divert through Abbeyleix and rejoin at J19 The M8.
Motorist Mikie O'Loughlin has reported chaos at the toll in Portlaoise.