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Saturday 16 December 2017

Mum and son serious after trailer horror

The scene of the accident in Dundalk that has left a woman and her son in hospital
The scene of the accident in Dundalk that has left a woman and her son in hospital

A mother and son were being treated in hospital last night for serious injuries after a trailer ploughed into them as they walked beside a busy road.

The incident, which is being described as a "freak accident", happened on Avenue Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, shortly before 9am yesterday.

The casualties were last night named locally as Dolores Kearns (46) and Aaron McKeown (16). They are being treated for serious injuries in separate hospitals.

Gardai believe a trailer, which was being pulled by a 4x4, dislodged before hitting the pair.

A witness told the Herald that the teenager was struck directly by the loose trailer, which was carrying a flatbed for a truck, while Ms Kearns was hit by a utility pole following the collision.

"They were walking along the footpath and the young lad was trailing a bit behind," said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

Chaotic

"All of a sudden this jeep with a trailer and something else on top drove by, but the trailer seemed to come off.

"The trailer then ploughed into the teenage boy and the telephone pole, which then hit the woman.

"It was chaotic. A number of people ran over straight away to help them. One woman jumped out of her car and was doing what she could to help."

Ms Kearns was airlifted from the nearby Dundalk Gaels GAA grounds to St James's Hospital in the capital due to the severity of her injuries.

Her son was last night being treated in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

They are understood to have suffered a number of injuries including broken bones and cuts, but their conditions have been described as non-life-threatening.

A large number of emergency service vehicles arrived at the scene after receiving reports of a traffic incident.

Three ambulances and two fire tenders from Dundalk Fire Station attended, while an army helicopter was used to carry out the medical evacuation.

The scene on Avenue Road was sealed-off by gardai for several hours and diversions were in place. A lorry flat bed, which was being carried on the trailer, remained at the scene.

It is understood that the trailer was being towed by a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Dangerous

Local residents said a number of complaints have been made about the road in relation to the general state and speed.

"There's a dip in the road near to where it happened," said one resident.

"We've complained about it for some time as it's very dangerous."

A garda spokeswoman said: "Gardai are investigating a collision involving a lorry and two pedestrians on Avenue Road, Dundalk. The collision occurred at approximately 8.50am.

"A 16-year-old boy was taken to Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital.

"A woman in her 40s was brought to St James's Hospital in Dublin.

"They are both being treated for serious injuries."

Earlier this week, two men, aged in their 50s and 60s, were seriously injured after being hit by a car in Dublin.

The accident happened between Cappagh Road and Kilshane Road in Finglas at around 6.30am on Tuesday.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with any information on the incident to contact them.

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