Lorry driver has lucky escape

Lorry driver has lucky escape

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The truck in the field near Bodyke – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

A lorry driver is recovering in hospital after he lost control of his truck at a junction where locals believe a fatal crash will yet occur.

The man, thought to be in his 40’s, was driving his articulated lorry along the R352 Ennis to Scarriff road in Co Clare when it skidded across the road and into a field narrowly missing a tree.

Locals say it was only a miracle that there was no vehicle travelling in the opposite direction at the time.

The collision occurred at a notorious junction near Kilnoe cemetery, a short distance from Bodyke, shortly before 6.00pm. A local farmer was first to arrive at the scene while a family that lives nearby also heard the crashed and went to see what had happened.

The truck, which wasn’t carrying a load at the time, lost control on a bend which locals have long claimed is badly surfaced. The junction has been the scene of several accidents in the past involving trucks and cars.

Two units of the fire brigade and an ambulance from Scarriff raced to the scene. The injured man was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The man’s injuries are not believed to be serious but he was said to be ‘very shaken’ following the accident.

It’s believed he lost control while negotiating the bend and that the road surface was greasy following a recent downpour of rain.

A crane had to be brought into help remove the truck and trailer from the field.

A local man said: “The man was out of the truck when I got down. He was in the field there and was very shaken. He didn’t look to be hurt but when the ambulance arrived they took him into it and to hospital. Usually cars crash into the other side but this truck crossed the road into a field.”

Another local said: “Look at the surface. It’s rough in places and pure smooth in others. There’s also a little dip that catches everyone by surprise. There have been loads of accidents here. It’s a pure miracle that there was nothing coming in the opposite direction at the time. There could have been a tragedy, it’s a very busy road.”

The road remained closed for over five hours following the collision.

Gardaí are investigating the incident.

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The scene of yesterday’s incident near Bodyke – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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