Farmer arrested over tractor crash on Ardfinnan’s Main Street

Gardai arrested the 63 year-old driver of a tractor and trailer of corn after it dramatically crashed on the Main Street in Ardfinnan last Thursday damaging four cars and a shop.

Gardai arrested the 63 year-old driver of a tractor and trailer of corn after it dramatically crashed on the Main Street in Ardfinnan last Thursday damaging four cars and a shop.

Three of the cars were seriously damaged in the crash and dramatic pictures of the aftermath were widely circulated on social media and published in the national press.

A Cahir Garda Station spokesman said the driver, a local farmer, was arrested in connection with the accident and brought to Cahir Garda Station for questioning. He was subsequently released.

Gardai are now preparing a file for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions arising from their investigations into the cause of the accident that occurred at approximately 10.30am last Thursday.

The driver of the John Deere tractor was the only person injured. He sustained cuts to his head, which weren’t serious.

Luckily there was nobody on the street or in any of the parked cars when the crashed occurred.

A spokesman for Cahir Garda Station said if there had been any person in the vehicles they would have more than likely been seriously injured.

The tractor transporting a trailer load of grain crashed after travelling down a hill on the Goatenbridge Road into the village.

Pictures of the aftermath of the accident circulated online showed one of the front wheels of the tractor resting on top of a small silver Citreon and the back wheel sitting on a red car, which appeared to have been crushed. A third car, a Ford, is lying on its side alongside the tractor. It’s understood the fourth vehicle was slightly damaged while damage was also caused to the security gate at the front of Burke’s Shop.

The Main Street was closed for about four hours while the emergency services cleared the accident scene. Gardai carried out a PSV examination of the tractor to ascertain if there had been any malfunction in the vehicle.