Loose cattle have closed the M3 in both directions this morning

Loose cattle on the M3 motorway have caused the road to be closed this morning, both northbound and southbound, according to AA Roadwatch.

A tweet before seven o’clock this morning from AA Roadwatch said that the M3 was closed southbound after J6 Dunshaughlin following a multi-vehicle crash involving cattle.

It is understood that up to five cars could be involved in the collision and emergency services are at the scene. The extent of the injuries to the occupants of the cars is unknown.

It then emerged that the motorway also had to be closed northbound at the toll plaza due to the cattle. The Gardai confirmed that there is stray cattle on both carriageways of the M3.

The latest update from AA Roadwatch is that the M3 is closed both ways from J5 Dunboyne to J7 Skyrne and Gardai are diverting traffic in the area.

The Gardai tweeted confirmation of the road closure in both directions.

It is understood that efforts are being made to move the cattle from the road so that it can reopen again.