Farmers urged to be vigilant as road accidents highlight dangers
THE driver of this tractor was lucky to escape with nothing more than shock after his vehicle struck a roundabout and overturned.
Gardai said the man was driving the 180hp John Deere 7530 and slurry spreader at the Powerstown roundabout near Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow when it clipped the central median.
The roundabout was closed for 90 minutes after the accident last week, gardai said.
The driver was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny suffering from shock, but otherwise uninjured.
The roundabout has been the scene of several accidents in recent months, with local councillors blaming incorrect slopes in the design of the junction.
The 2007 reg tractor is capable of driving at speeds of up to 40kmh. Both tank and tractor are estimated to be worth at least €70,000.
The machinery was removed for technical examination and the crash site washed down afterwards.