Lorry loses its trailer in near-miss

At approximately 10am last Friday morning (January 21) Josephine Heneghan of Aughadegnan, Longford, heard a loud 'bang' outside her home on the Longford / Drumlish Road.

At approximately 10am last Friday morning (January 21) Josephine Heneghan of Aughadegnan, Longford, heard a loud 'bang' outside her home on the Longford / Drumlish Road.

Looking out her front door she was shocked to see her garden wall had been demolished and in its place lay a 44ft trailer lying on its side.

"I heard a 'bang' and a rumbling sound," said Josephine in speaking to the Longford Leader. "I didn't see it happen but when I looked out it (the trailer) was in my garden.

"The driver (a local man) was outside walking around. I asked him if he was alright and he said he was 'OK'. I am sure he was shaken though. He came in for a cup of tea. The Gardai arrived shortly after that. It was an awful shock but thankfully no one was injured."

The lorry, which belongs to The Mulleady Group of Drumlish, jack-knifed on the road while travelling from Drumlish to Dublin via Longford.

According to Anthony Mulleady of The Mulleady Group, the lorry, which contained "a load of materials" was going to the docks in Dublin.

"The trailer just came off the lorry. We're not sure what the cause is as yet. The lorry is being checked out at the garage. Upon initial investigation though, the trailer pin is perfect and so is the lorry. Everything was working that was supposed to be working," said Anthony, speaking to the Leader.

"We're just waiting to see what a further investigation will hold," he added.

"I will say though that the lorry has been DOE tested, and so has the trailer. It's just one of those things."

According to Josephine Heneghan, however, the event could have been a lot worse.

"What if someone was walking a dog or pushing a buggy there? There are always people on that path. We are very lucky that this is all that happened.

"No one was injured and no one was killed. Thank God. What happened is fixable - a huge shock but it's something that we can all get over," said Josephine.

The Mulleady Group has confirmed that they will be repairing all damages to Josephine Heneghan's front garden.