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Friday 24 May 2019

Lucky escape for driver after truck ploughs through wall and overturns into sea

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

Ralph Riegel

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 around 12.30am at Kinsalebeg, some 2km east of Youghal.

The accident occurred 700 metres from Youghal Bridge - and emergency services sources warned that, had the incident occurred on the bridge itself, it would likely 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.

When Gardaí, Youghal fire brigade and paramedics arrived at the scene after the alarm was raised by a passing motorist, they found the truck driver sitting by the roadside verge.

His truck had torn a large hole in the roadside stone wall where it entered the bay.

The man was in a confused condition but was uninjured.

The 54 year old driver is now assisting Gardaí at Dungarvan garda station with their inquiries into the precise circumstances of the incident.

A heavy-duty recovery crane is en route to the site and will later today attempt to hoist the truck and trailer from the sea.

Motorists were warned that the recovery operation will be painstaking and major delays may be experienced by that section of the N25.

Drivers were urged to consider using an alternative route.

"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 before ending up on its right side in the sea."

The truck, once it spun out of control, crossed onto the wrong side of the road before entering the sea.

It is understood the vehicle was en route to Rosslare for onward travel to the UK.

The N25 has been busy over recent days with bank holiday traffic and tourists travelling between Waterford and Cork.

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