Pedestrian safety barriers at the junction of Slievenamon Road & Liberty Square Thurles were badly damaged in the early hours of this morning. The accident is believed to have been caused by an articulated vehicle having manoeuvred the corner at this junction, a little short of turning space.
Thurles Gardaí are anxious to talk to persons who may have witnessed this accident or who have any information regarding the vehicle involved. Same can be contacted at Telephone No.0504-25100
This is the third time, in just over one year, that these barriers have been severely damaged by large vehicles attempting to manoeuvre around this particular junction.
Perhaps there is now a need for our Roads Authority to examine the current design of these existing barriers in the interests of health and safety. Luckily all three accident have happened at night or in the early hours of the morning, when pedestrians, for whom these barriers were introduced to protect, were absent from our pavements.
This happening now further highlights the urgent need for a ring road, to eradicate large transport vehicles forced to access the centre of Thurles, same which continue to stem the flow of normal traffic within the centre of our Cathedral town.
Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.