'Miracle escape' as lorry overturns close to two major schools and a pedestrian crossing
Had the incident occurred just 20 minutes later, the pedestrian crossing and pavements would have been filled with pupils heading to school
GARDAI admitted it was a miracle no-one was injured when an articulated lorry filled with construction rubble overturned in a busy Irish town centre, just metres from the gates to two major primary schools.
The accident happened shortly before 8.30am in Fermoy, Co Cork as the truck was driving down a steep incline on Cork Road towards Pearse Square.
It overturned with both the cab and trailer grinding to a halt on their side just metres from a pedestrian crossing.
The truck overturned almost directly in front of Gaelsacoil de hIde and Bishop Murphy primary school, two of the town's busiest schools.
Had the incident occurred just 20 minutes later, the pedestrian crossing and pavements would have been filled with pupils heading to school.
The truck driver escaped serious injury but was treated at the scene for shock.
A quantity of rubble was spilled out onto the roadway and the adjoining pavement.
Miraculously, no-one was injured in the incident with a heavy crane being brought to the scene to assist with the recovery of the truck.
The vehicle will be examined by a PSV inspector to determine the precise cause of the accident.
Gardai will also check CCTV security cameras from business premises in the area to see if the accident was caught on footage.