Saturday 24 March 2018

'There should be no trucks allowed in the street as children are walking to school' - Calls to change delivery times as schoolboy (5) critical after accident

Ongar, west Dublin, where the accident occurred. Photo: Tony Gavin
Ongar, west Dublin, where the accident occurred. Photo: Tony Gavin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Parents of children in the Ongar area are calling for changes of delivery times to a local shopping complex after a young brother and sister were run over this week.

Philip Peczek (5) is fighting for his life and his sister, Caroline (7), was also injured, when they were hit by a truck behind a group of shops in Ongar Village, west Dublin.

They were walking to St Benedict's National School with their mother at the time of the accident.

Many families use the small roadway and car park as a route to the school and to the Educate Together adjacent to it.

Locals say it was an accident waiting to happen.

Parents say heavy goods vehicles should not be allowed use the car park as a loading bay while children are going to and from school.

"Sometimes you come into the car park and there are trucks blocking one side of the road and people have to walk around them," one concerned mother said.

"Others are reversing and moving around while there are children coming through."

It is understood that local residents had previously objected when trucks were making deliveries in the very early hours.

Read more: 'The next 48 hours are critical' - Family of boy (5) struck by articulated truck on way to school

Now the parents of children in the schools feel that extra restrictions should be put in place.

"There are 1,200 children using both schools, and they mostly arrive between 8.15am and 9.15am, so we feel there should be no trucks allowed in the street and car park between those hours," said a spokeswoman on the Parent Teacher Association for St Benedict's.

The association has issued a letter to parents stating what action they will be taking.


"We will be writing to the School's Board of Management, Dunnes Stores, the village's management company, Fingal County Council and the Garda Traffic Corps in order to find a solution," it said.

Some parents have suggested the main gates to the school should be opened in the morning to allow drop-offs.

But the PTA strongly support the Board of Management's decision to keep these gates closed, saying there would be too much traffic coming into the car park at the same time.

The driver of the truck has been fully cooperative with gardai investigating the accident and there are no reports of faults on the vehicle.

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