Council probe ‘flying’ lorry driver claims

Council probe ‘flying’ lorry driver claims

2 October 2019

LOCAL council officials have confirmed that they investigated claims that a driver had to take evasive action while driving 

in the Drumaness area recently to avoid a collision with a bin lorry.

The man — who contacted the Recorder — said he was driving along the Old Park Road in the village on September 19 when the incident happened.

Claiming the bin lorry was travelling along the narrow rural road at speed, the driver said he was forced to pull his vehicle, which had a one year-old baby in the back seat, on to the verge to avoid a collision during the morning incident.

“The bin lorry was flying and the driver made no attempt to slow down as he approached my car,” the man claimed.

“I gesticulated at the lorry driver but he did not slow down. If I had not pulled over, the council vehicle could easily 

have ripped the side out of my car. I immediately reported the incident to both the police and Newry, Mourne and Down Council.”

The driver said a short time later he met the bin lorry crew at a local garage and raised what had happened at the Old Park Road with the driver. The man said he also told the driver that he had reported what happened to his bosses.

A Newry, Mourne and Down Council spokesman said it had investigated the complaint and the complainant advised of the outcome of the investigation into the Old Park Road incident.