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‘A miracle nobody was injured’ - Large metal bracket and cable pulled from wall in Wexford smashing car below

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The damage to the car in The Faythe after a cable and a large metal bracket were pulled down by a passing truck.

The damage to the car in The Faythe after a cable and a large metal bracket were pulled down by a passing truck.

The large metal bracket which was pulled from the wall and sent hurtling across the road.

The large metal bracket which was pulled from the wall and sent hurtling across the road.

The damage to the house where the bracket was pulled from the wall.

The damage to the house where the bracket was pulled from the wall.

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The damage to the car in The Faythe after a cable and a large metal bracket were pulled down by a passing truck.

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A resident of The Faythe in Wexford town has called on Wexford County Council to address the issue of large trucks and other HGVs using the road there, after a cable was downed and a large metal bracket ripped from the side of a house before smashing the back window of a car below.

Ciara Murphy was shocked to find the rear window of her car completely smashed by the heavy metal bracket which had been pulled out of side wall of her home.

"It’s assumed that a HGV pulled an overhead broadband line down as it drove down the road,” she said. “It didn’t stop. The line was attached to a large, heavy, metal bracket which was pulled off of our gable wall hitting the car and causing considerable damage before landing across the road in front of our neighbours house.

"It’s a miracle nobody was injured. If this bracket had’ve hit someone while they were driving or walking down the road, it could have been incredibly serious.

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"It was just lucky that it was a bank holiday Monday rather than a normal Monday. The Faythe is a very busy area and usually there’s people out walking, a lot of cars passing and even children on their way to creche, even in summer. I just keep thinking of what could have happened and I think it’s a bit of a wake up call now.”

With the area having seen an increase in HGVs passing through in recent times, Ciara is calling on the council to take action before something more serious happens.

"For a while now, I’ve been noticing a lot of HGVs passing the house. Really, it’s totally unacceptable for a residential road like ours. We were fortunate this time that it was only property that was damaged, but next time it could be more serious. A few people up here were quite rattled by it.”

Mayor of Wexford Maura Bell has been in touch with residents and has vowed to raise the matter with the Borough Engineer.

"We are very lucky that nobody was hurt here," she said. “There could have been any number of people out strolling at that time in the morning.

"I do agree that The Faythe as a whole needs to be looked at. I use it eight or ten times a day and there are issues there with cars parked on both sides and large trucks being sent that way by sat-navs etc. I think there’s a case for The Faythe to be included in this traffic management plan for the town we’ve been waiting for for so long. It could potentially lead to something like The Faythe being made one-way or maybe we need to look at banning HGVs from that section altogether.

"I know we’re all delighted with the level of business now coming through Rosslare Europort, but it can have a negative impact on residential areas too. I’ve already sent in the details of this case for the engineers to look at and I’ll definitely be raising it at our September meeting.”


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