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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Trucker has lucky escape but head-on crash kills man (59) and injures boy (5)

Scene on the Youghal to Dungarvan road where an articulated truck crash through a sea wall onto the forshore. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Scene on the Youghal to Dungarvan road where an articulated truck crash through a sea wall onto the forshore. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A man was killed and a five-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after a horrific head-on collision near Tipperary town.

The dead man (59) was the driver of one of the cars which collided on the R661 at Reddan's Walk around 12.30pm yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The five-year-old boy, who was a passenger in his car, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, where his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

It is understood the boy is related to the driver, whose name has not been released.

The driver of the other car, a 54-year-old man, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was also taken to University Hospital Limerick. Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the accident to contact them.

The road was closed yesterday pending examination, and traffic diversions were put in place. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a truck driver had a miraculous escape after he lost control of his articulated vehicle which ploughed through a barrier and overturned into the sea.

The accident, on the busy N25 Waterford-Cork road, occurred at around 12.30am yesterday at Kinsalebeg, 2km east of Youghal.

The accident occurred 700 metres from Youghal Bridge and emergency services sources said that, had the incident happened on the bridge itself, it would have resulted in a major tragedy.

Fortunately for the truck driver, who was able to scramble from the cab of his overturned vehicle, the tide was out at the time and the articulated truck landed in mud and shallow water, which partially cushioned the impact.

Confused

When gardai, Youghal fire brigade and paramedics arrived at the scene after the alarm was raised by a passing motorist, they found the truck driver (54) sitting by the roadside verge in a confused state but otherwise uninjured. His truck had torn a large hole in the roadside stone wall where it entered the bay.

A heavy-duty recovery crane was en route to the site yesterday to attempt to hoist the truck and trailer from the sea.

"It is a miracle that no one was seriously injured or even killed in the incident," a garda source said. "This is such a busy road and the truck smashed through the roadside wall."

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