Lorry lands in fam­ily’s gar­den

Au­gust 1990

Bray People - - NEWS -

A Rath­new fam­ily and their three English guests nar­rowly es­caped disas­ter as they lay in their beds last Tues­day morn­ing when a lorry de­mol­ished their gar­den wall and came to rest just feet from their front door.

The drama hap­pened shortly af­ter 7 a.m. when the lorry, which was trav­el­ling from Dublin to Wex­ford, skid­ded across the road and turned over af­ter a crunch­ing im­pact with the wall of the gar­den. Stones from the shat­tered wall rained down on the home of Michael and Rose Crean, punch­ing holes in the roof and shat­ter­ing four of the front win­dows.

Shat­tered stones and glass landed just inches from the beds oc­cu­pied by the Crean fam­ily and their guests, the Do­rans from Bed­ford­shire in Eng­land, who were hol­i­day­ing with the fam­ily.

The first any­one in­side the house knew of the ac­ci­dent was when they were awak­ened by a loud noise.

‘I looked out the side win­dow and saw a clod of dust. When I opened the front door, there was the lorry right in front of me,’ re­called Michael Do­ran.

The lorry ended up on its roof in the Crean’s front gar­den, hav­ing ploughed through the stone wall which sep­a­rated it from the road.

The driver had a mirac­u­lous es­cape and crawled out the wind­screen of the over­turned ve­hi­cle with­out even a scratch.

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