Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hero driver saves schoolchildren after bus skids on black ice

A garda checkpoint. File picture
A garda checkpoint. File picture
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Around 20 schoolchildren had a lucky escape thanks to the skill of a bus driver who managed to bring his vehicle to a safe stop despite treacherous black ice in Cork today.

The bus incident occurred outside Minane Bridge shortly after 8am.

Locals paid tribute to the skill of the driver who was travelling at very low speed given the conditions and was able to bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

The bus skidded on black ice and came to a rest side-on against a low bridge wall thanks to the driver's skilled reactions.

There were no injuries involved.

Meanwhile, a treacherous Cork road resulted in a second incident involving a school bus, this time in East Cork.

The incident occurred between Carrigtwohill and Leamlara  as a coach, understood to be empty of passengers, skidded on black ice and collided with a ditch.

Initial garda reports are that the incident is relatively minor with no reports of an injuries. A replacement bus was brought to the scene and all schoolchildren were able to continue their journey.

Gardai urged people to drive with extreme care and confirmed a number of accidents have been reported since 6am across both Cork city and county.

The most serious incident occurred just off the Lee Road where a motorist lost control on black ice, skidded across the road and their vehicle overturned.

It is understood that no serious injuries were involved.

However, the road is closed and diversions are in place near the Angler's Rest.

Cork City and Co Councils stressed that full road gritting and salting operations have been underway.

However, their efforts are being hampered by the large volumes of water lodged on roads following the torrential rainfall and floods over the past six weeks.

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