A young motorist from the Clonmel area had a very lucky escape in Carrick-on-Suir last week when a teleporter came off the back of a lorry and struck her car as she drove past.
Gardai are investigating the freak accident that happened close to the railway bridge on the Pill Road around 12.30am last Wednesday, December 14 and have appealed to witnesses to the crash to contact Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station.
The driver of the Toyota car, that was destroyed in the accident, fortunately walked out of the vehicle. She was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital as a precaution for treatment for shock and any injuries
The truck transporting two John Deere tractors and the teleporter was travelling in the direction of Waterford and when it went under the rail bridge, it’s believed part of its load struck the safety beam across the eye of the bridge.
After passing through the bridge, the teleporter came off the trailer and struck the front of the passing car travelling in the opposite direction. Local resident Pat Lyons who took the photographs of the aftermath of the accident, was cycling on the busy N24 road when he came upon the accident scene.
He said the teleporter struck the front of the car, bounced over the top of the vehicle and then hit the back of the car.
“Only that the driver lay down across the passenger seat and the air bags came out it could have been much worse. She walked out of the car into the ambulance”.
Mr Lyons said the accident highlights the pressing need for a bypass of Carrick-on-Suir.
In the meantime, he believes the Road Safety Authority should examine improving safety precautions in the area around the rail bridge as there has already been one previous serious accident at this location. He has contacted several local councillors and urged them to secure road safety improvements.
He believes the warning signs about the rail bridge for lorry drivers is currently too close to the bridge to give them time to prepare.
Drivers must also be sure their load will comfortably go under this bridge before starting their journey and make alternative arrangements if they have any doubt, he said.
Mr Lyons expressed particular concern about the safety of the pedestrian footpath underneath the bridge and pointed out that only 10 minutes after the accident at least 100 school children walked up that road.
He said whenever he saw a large truck approaching the bridge, he stayed well clear of the area until it had gone because of the dangers.
Mr Lyons fears that someone will be killed at the rail bridge before action is taken to improve safety there.
“If something isn’t done, there will be a death there. It’s going to happen,” he warned.