Woman and child’s mirac­u­lous es­cape on death­trap road

YET AN­OTHER CLOSE CALL FOR MO­TORISTS ON THE DALE/ RATHSCANNELL ROAD AS CAR PLUNGES OFF CAUSE­WAY

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By DÓNAL NOLAN

A WOMAN and her grand­child (9) sur­vived a ter­ri­fy­ing road crash in the lat­est in­ci­dent on the treach­er­ous Dale/Rathscannell Road in Abbey­dor­ney on Fri­day when their car plunged off the side of the lethal stretch.

It’s an in­ci­dent lead­ing to re­newed calls for im­me­di­ate re­design works of a route now la­belled a ‘death­trap’; and fol­lows a sim­i­lar re­cent in­ci­dent when tourists went off the road nearby.

Lo­cal Fine Gael County Coun­cil­lor Aoife Thorn­ton says it is im­per­a­tive the road re­ceives fund­ing in Jan­uary’s spe­cial im­prove­ment al­lo­ca­tions - be­fore it is too late.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’ve just wit­nessed yet an­other se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent on the Rathscannell road. Thank­fully the peo­ple in­volved es­caped with­out se­ri­ous in­jury, but lo­cals are won­der­ing what it will take be­fore it is ad­dressed,” Cllr Thorn­ton said.

She met with Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin on Fri­day on the is­sue and spoke again with him on Sun­day in light of the lat­est in­ci­dent. “He is acutely aware of the dan­ger and se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, as is Roads Min­is­ter Shane Ross, who walked the worst part of it on his visit in June.”

As of the end of the year, there is still no pos­i­tive word on the fu­ture of a re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion by Kerry County Coun­cil for fund­ing un­der the spe­cial im­prove­ment grant, how­ever.

“The grant will be al­lo­cated in Jan­uary and in the in­ter­est of en­sur­ing the road se­cures the fund­ing re­quired for the re­design I would im­plore mo­torists to con­tact their lo­cal TDs about the dan­gers they face daily.

“We now know that 6,500 use the road daily so the threat is of grave mag­ni­tude. I’m now seek­ing a meet­ing with Min­is­ter Ross to present him with the en­tire case file, in­clud­ing crash pho­tos, of the route as se­cur­ing fund­ing for it is my pri­or­ity,” Cllr Thorn­ton said.

The car at the scene of the week­end’s crash

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