Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mother and son (16) injured in collision

The scene of the accident on the Avenue Road last Thursday morning
The scene of the accident on the Avenue Road last Thursday morning

Olivia Ryan

A Dundalk woman and her 16 year old son who were seriously injured in a 'freak accident' involving a trailer along the Avenue Road have begun the recovery from their injuries.

Dolores Kearns and her 16 year old son Aaron McKeown were caught up in the shocking collision involving a trailer which was being pulled by a 4x4 vehicle.

The incident occurred shortly before 9am on Thursday morning last as the local mum and her son were walking along the Avenue road

The trailer reportedly become dislodged from the 4x4 which was carrying a flatbed for a truck, and then caused a collision with the pedestrians. The trailer also struck a pole which is reported to have fallen.

Ms Kearns was airlifted from the nearby Dundalk Gaels GAA grounds to St James's Hospital in Dublin.

Both mother and son were a understood to have suffered a number of injuries including broken bones and cuts, but which were miraculously non-life-threatening.

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

A garda spokesperson 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.'

The Avenue Road remained closed until later that evening.

Meanwhile Shannon McKeown confirmed her mum and younger brother were recovering, posting on her Facebook page: 'I'd like to tell everyone thank you for all the well wishes for my mam and brother and I'd like to make people aware that they are both doing great and that it was all external and not internal and thank god that bones can be fixed. I'd also like if people would not believe what other people are saying about the injuries of my brother and mam because rumours can spread and some people don't know the truth, I don't want people believe something that's not true so just need you all to know their both okay and I thank god or whoever was looking over my brother and mam because it could've been way worse.'

The Argus

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