A truck driver had a lucky escape yesterday after his vehicle overturned on a road that collapsed beneath his vehicle while he was transporting timber from local forestry.
The driver, understood to be from the Longford area, was hauling felled trees from a site at Feighroe near Connolly in Co Clare when the road verge gave way under his truck.
The alarm was raised at around 9.15am when colleagues of the injured man heard the crashing noise of the truck overturning into a field and shedding it’s load.
Emergency services were alerted and an ambulance, three units of the fire brigade from Ennis and gardaí from Ennistymon rushed to the scene.
It had been reported that the lorry driver was injured and trapped inside the vehicle. As fire and ambulance personnel arrived at the scene, the driver could be seen trying to climb out of the vehicle through the driver’s door.
Fire crews assisted the man from the vehicle while ambulance paramedics were waiting to assess his injuries. The man was treated at the scene before being removed to hospital.
A second truck arrived at the scene and prepared to removed the spilled load of timber but emergency crews expressed concern that cables overhead the crashed vehicle may have been live.
An ESB crew was requested to attend the scene to ensure the area was a safe one in which to operate a crane.
The load of timber was removed from the scene by another truck operator while a crane was brought in to recover the crashed truck.
The driver, a man in his 30’s, suffered a serious head injury which is not thought to be life-threatening. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
A local man said: “I heard a loud crash but couldn’t see anything from where I was but I had a feeling I knew what happened. I ran to the top of the road and looked across the fields and saw the truck overturned in the field. There was no sign of anyone so I didn’t know if the driver was still in the truck.”
“It’s a very tight laneway and there have been trucks and articulated lorries going up there for a few weeks. The trucks are really tearing up the road and I’m not that surprised the road verge gave way,” he added.