Friday 26 December 2014

Man has lucky escape when his car smashed into gates of secondary school

'Pure luck' that nobody was at the nearby bus stop and school

Published 30/06/2014 | 11:14

The crash happened at the entrance to St Vincent’s Secondary School on the Finglas Road in Glasnevin, Dublin.
The front of the car, a black hatchback, was destroyed in the impact.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

A man had a lucky escape when his car smashed into the gates of a Dublin secondary school early this morning.

The crash happened at the entrance to St Vincent’s Secondary School on the Finglas Road in Glasnevin, where Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton teaches.

The front of the car, a black hatchback, was destroyed in the impact.

After the crash the car rebounded back out onto the footpath from the school entrance, which is recessed in off the main road.

The meta gates to St Vincent’s school were also very badly damaged in the crash which happened at 6am just before the morning rush-hour was due to begin.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the driver of the car, a man in his late 20’s, was taken to the Mater Hospital with injuries that are not described as serious.

“The school gates are right beside a bus stop, so it is pure luck that the crash happened at a time when there wasn’t a crowd of people there,” said a garda source.

“If there were people at the bus stop and the car came in off the road at a different angle there could have been carnage,” they added.

Gardai from Mountjoy station were today investigating the sequence of events leading up to the crash.

A team of traffic collision experts also went to the crash and could be seen documenting and photographing the damage caused in the crash.

While the road was not closed  following the accident AA Raodwatch reported that there were  traffic delays for a time as commuters slowed down to see what was happening.

The car was eventually towed away and a clean-up operation got underway.

St Vincent’s School is closed for the summer holidays at the moment and the gates were closed and locked when they were hit by the car.

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