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Friday 27 April 2018

Passers-by rushed to the aid of mum and son injured in 'freak accident' involving trailer

The scene of the accident in Dundalk that has left a woman and her son in hospital
The scene of the accident in Dundalk that has left a woman and her son in hospital
Two pedestrians have been taken to hospital after an incident involving a trailer in Dundalk, Co Louth. Initial indications are that a trailer struck the two people on Avenue Road at about 8.50am this morning. Picture: Arthur Carron
Two pedestrians have been taken to hospital after an incident involving a trailer in Dundalk, Co Louth. Initial indications are that a trailer struck the two people on Avenue Road at about 8.50am this morning. Picture: Arthur Carron
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A mum and son who were seriously injured in a 'freak accident' involving a trailer on busy road have been named locally.

The casualties were last night named locally as Dolores Kearns (46) and Aaron McKeown (16).

They are being treated for serious injuries in separate hospitals, the Irish Independent reports.

The pair were injured when trailer ploughed into them as they walked beside the busy Avenue Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, shortly before 9am yesterday in what has been described as a "freak accident".

Gardai believe a trailer, which was being pulled by a 4x4, dislodged before hitting the pair.

A witness said the teenager was struck directly by the loose trailer, which was carrying a flatbed for a truck, while Ms Kearns was hit by a utility pole following the collision.

"They were walking along the footpath and the young lad was trailing a bit behind," said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

"All of a sudden this jeep with a trailer and something else on top drove by, but the trailer seemed to come off.

"The trailer then ploughed into the teenage boy and the telephone pole, which then hit the woman.

"It was chaotic. A number of people ran over straight away to help them. One woman jumped out of her car and was doing what she could to help."

Ms Kearns was airlifted from the nearby Dundalk Gaels GAA grounds to St James's Hospital in the capital due to the severity of her injuries.

They are understood to have suffered a number of injuries including broken bones and cuts, but their conditions have been described as non-life-threatening.

There was a large emergency response to the incident including fire tenders and an army helicopter.

A garda spokeswoman said: "Gardai are investigating a collision involving a lorry and two pedestrians on Avenue Road, Dundalk. The collision occurred at approximately 8.50am.

"A 16-year-old boy was taken to Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital.

"A woman in her 40s was brought to St James's Hospital in Dublin.

"They are both being treated for serious injuries."

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