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Sunday 21 September 2014

Seat belt saves driver in BMW crash as power out following pole smash

Hubert Murphy

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

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The accident on the Ballymakenny Road.
The scene of the accident close to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

LOCALS HAVE told of how they rushed to the scene of two terrifying car crashes within minutes of each other.

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LOCALS HAVE told of how they rushed to the scene of two terrifying car crashes within minutes of each other.

The first occurred last Wednesday evening at Carntown on the Ballymakenny Road when an English registered BMW left the road.

'I saw the car go by and then heard a huge bang and went to look and there was no car,' one witness stated.

Neighbours then rushed across the road and discovered the car in a field on its side.

They found the teenage driver still strapped into his seat. He was suffering from a wound to his elbow.

'Only for his seat belt, I think that saved him,' the witness added.

'He was very lucky. He was hanging in mid air with his feet around the steering wheel.'

The emergency services were quickly on the scene and the roof of the vehicle had to be cut off by the fire service to free him.

A short time later, the gardai and three fire crews had to leave that accident to get to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where a car crashed into an ESB pole opposite the church.

It caused severe damage to both the car and the pole and it was some hours before a replacement pole was erected.

The road was blocked on both sides and power was cut off to a number of homes following the incident.

The fire service had to cut the injured driver from the vehicle.

Drogheda Independent

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