Major road through Laois completely blocked after truck overturns

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Major road through Laois closed after truck overturns

Laois Gardaí confirm road closure following truck overturning

Major travel disruption faced drivers in Laois on Tuesday as an articulated truck completely blocked the busy N80 national road.

The road between Portlaoise and Mountmellick was closed with diversions set up by Laois Gardaí on Monday afternoon.

A truck carrying timber overturned on the road at around 4.30pm this Monday, September 13.

The driver was taken by ambulance to hospital but is understood not to have suffered serious injury, and is stable.

The road was first expected to be cleared by Monday night, but remained closed overnight until early Tuesday morning, because the timber had to be cleared away.

"Laois Offaly Gardaí remain at the scene of a road traffic collision on the N80 Mountmellick to Portlaoise Road. The driver is stable. The road remains closed overnight," the Gardaí said in an update at 8.30pm. 

They provided the below photo of the overturned truck fully blocking the road. 

It is the main road to Tullamore used by traffic travelling between the south east and the west of Ireland.