Runaway lorry crashes into garden wall

July 28, 2009

A Newry family had a narrow escape on Thursday afternoon when a runaway lorry crashed through their garden wall, coming to a stop just inches from their living room window.

Bronagh McCoy had been in her Fourth Avenue home in Barcroft when the incident occurred shortly before 1.00pm.

The lorry was parked opposite her home and reports have suggested that the handbrake cable snapped, causing the vehicle to travel down the steep slope before crashing into her wall.  There was no one in the vehicle at the time.

It’s understood the Roads Service vehicle was in the area as DoE staff were carrying out maintenance work on footpaths in the estate.

The Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council, Sinn Fein’s Charlie Casey, visited the family soon after the accident and said it shocked the whole community.

“I understand that the lorry had been parked and that there was no driver in the vehicle at the time. It seems that the handbrake snapped and the lorry rolled down the slope before crashing into the garden wall of the home,” Mr Casey explained.

“There has been considerable damage caused to the home – the garden wall has been completely destroyed. It is unbelievable that the lorry stopped just inches from the living room window.”