Irish Senator appeals for public to help stop the sharing of M50 crash images 3 months ago

Irish Senator appeals for public to help stop the sharing of M50 crash images

Gardaí also urged the public not to share the images.

A woman in her 30s was killed in a serious road traffic collision on the M50 in Dublin on Thursday.

The incident took place on the M50 Northbound at Junction 5, where a man was also injured. The man, who is in his 50s, was taken to Connolly hospital, and his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

However, following the incident, a number of graphic images and videos were shared on social media and messaging platforms showing scenes from the crash site.

Gardaí on Thursday urged the public "not to share or circulate the images out of respect to the family of the deceased and those involved in the collision."

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane took to social media on Friday morning on behalf of her friend who lost a loved one in the accident and urged people to contact her with the url of any image online so that she can help have them deleted from social media.

Mayo County Council road safety officer also urged people not share images of accidents on social media and asked people to consider the effects such messages have on the families affected.

"Social media is an easy outlet for people to get information to a vast number of people instantly," Gibbons said.

"When someone finds out about a death of a loved one in a message, where it's such a broad spectrum it's very impersonal and obviously a shock to the person when they find out.

"Sometimes it’s enough to know that horrible things happen without having to see them."