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Bridge in Banbridge, County Down is hit for fourth time

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Transport Consulting Company

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The lorry hit a 19th Century stone bridge, known as The Cut, which runs through the town centre

A low bridge in Banbridge, County Down, has been hit by a vehicle for the fourth time in less than a year.

It happened as the lorry drove under a 19th Century stone bridge in the town centre, known as The Cut, at about 21:25 BST on Tuesday.

The lorry appears to have some damage to its roof. The road under The Cut – Bridge Street – was closed for a short time, but no injuries were reported.

The last incident happened in May.

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© Albert Bridge/CC Geograph

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The Cut is a 19th Century bridge in the middle of Banbridge town centre

In November a prison service van[1] hit the bridge and lost its roof.

The following day a second lorry became stuck under the bridge[2].

At the time, officers used the image as a warning to drivers of other high-sided vehicles, advising them to know the height and dimensions of their lorries before passing under bridges.

References

  1. ^ prison service van (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ a second lorry became stuck under the bridge (www.bbc.co.uk)

Retrial ordered over Dungannon A4 tractor death

There is to be a retrial in the case of a Caledon farmer accused of causing the death of his father who was killed in a collision between a tractor towing a trailer and an HGV lorry. 
Phelim Brady died on June 25, 2014 following a collision on the A4 Dual Carriageway, Dungannon.
He had been travelling on the draw bar attaching a tractor to a trailer loaded with cattle. 
His son Paul Alexander Brady (46) of Minterburn Road, Caledon was driving the tractor and it was later established he was disqualified and had no insurance.
A lorry crashed into the tractor and trailer and Mr Brady Snr died instantly.
Paul Brady was charged with dangerous driving causing death.
He admitted driving while disqualified and not being insured. 
Co-accused, William Mark Murphy (53) of Prospect Road, Castlewellan was driving the lorry.
He denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The jury found him ‘guilty’ of death by careless driving, an offence he had accepted from the outset. 
The jury was hung in relation to the charge of death by dangerous driving by the deceased’s son. 
This morning (Monday) the case returned to Dungannon Crown Court with a decision to order a retrial. 
The two men sat side-by-side in the dock throughout the trial which lasted just over a week, before His Honour Judge Neil Rafferty QC.
The tragic circumstances unfolded as Paul Brady pulled out at a junction onto the dual carriageway, and the lorry ploughed into the rear.
After a combined total of seven hours deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in relation to
Murphy only, finding him guilty of causing death by careless driving, which he had already admitted.
However they were hung in respect of all charges against Paul Brady.
Murphy will return to court for sentencing on August 3.
He is also subject to an interim driving disqualification.  
Prosecuting counsel advised he had been instructed to seek a retrial.
The defence responded by stating, “Significant issues have arisen in the course of the trial and we intend to instruct an expert accordingly.”
The judge ordered the matters of driving whilst disqualified and without insurance be put to Paul Brady, to which he pleaded guilty on both counts.
The prosecution said, “The pleas are accepted but they do not in themselves resolve the matter and a trial is still required.”
Judge Fowler adjourned the case for a retrial date to be identified, which is likely to be October or November.
Brady was remanded on continuing bail.
Posted: 12:41 pm July 3, 2017

‘Looks like we need a bigger sign’

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PSNI

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Police posted a photo of the lorry saying “The Cut 3, Lorries 0”

A low bridge in Banbridge, County Down, has been hit by a vehicle for the third time in less than a year.

It happened as the lorry drove under a 19th Century stone bridge known as The Cut.

PSNI Banbridge posted a photo of the damage[1] on Tuesday, with the caption: “Looks like we are going to need a bigger sign. The Cut 3, Lorries 0′.

“Usually people exaggerate their height, not think they are smaller.”

The lorry in question appears to have some damage to its roof.

Image copyright
© Albert Bridge/CC Geograph

Image caption

The Cut is a 19th Century bridge in the middle of Banbridge town centre

In November a prison service van[2] hit the bridge and lost its roof. The following day a second lorry became stuck under the bridge[3].

At the time officers used the image as a warning to drivers of other high-sided vehicles, advising them to know the height and dimensions of their lorries before passing under bridges.

References

  1. ^ posted a photo of the damage (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ prison service van (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ a second lorry became stuck under the bridge (www.bbc.co.uk)

Two lorries and car in Dumfries by-pass crash

A 45-year old man was taken to hospital following a crash involving his car and two lorries, on the A75 Dumfries by-pass this morning.
The incident happened between the A709 and A701 roundabout at around 7.20am.
The vehicles involved were a white Volvo…

Have no fear with George Fearon

Have no fear with George Fearon 15 September 2016 Operating a spectacular fleet of eye-catching blue Volvos, George Fearon & Sons has been providing customers with excellent haulage and transportation solutions for four-and-a-half decades. Customers of George Fearon & Sons can rest assured that they will receive prompt, cost-effective and thoroughly-professional road haulage solutions. We dropped into the company s well-appointed Rostrevor, County Down base for a brief chat with the eponymous founder / proprietor about his exceptional, long-serving, family-run operation. Operating a spectacular fleet of eye-catching blue Volvos, George Fearon & Sons has been providing customers with excellent haulage and transportation solutions for four-and-a-half decades. This County Down headquartered operation boasts the trucks, trailers, personnel, experience and passion to deliver unrivalled local and / or national haulage services, with the capacity to accommodate any load, large or small. The fresh and immaculately-maintained trucks are complemented by flat trailers and tautliners, while tail lifts on the rigids ensure that every delivery is completed with the minimum of fuss. First impressions are never far off the mark. A quick glance at one of George Fearon s pristine lorries would tell you all you need to know about the dedication to professionalism and customer care that permeates every pore of the business. Simply said, this is an outstanding company with an unrivalled track record and a bright future. Reflecting on the inception of the operation, founder George Fearon notes: I set the business up in 1971. I started off with one truck, a Leyland Boxer, and I used to do a lot of work for a cloth factory in the early days. The business grew gradually over the years and today I have seven trucks, all Volvo five rigids and two artics. I ve been sticking with Volvo for a long time now. Why the preference for Volvo? Many truckers go for a mixed fleet, but George has very much nailed his colours to the Volvo mast They are a very reliable truck and they never give me any trouble. As well as that, it s very convenient for me as the main Volvo dealer [Dennison Commercials Ltd.] is beside me here in Newry. So I get the best of both worlds a very good wagon with a first-class service. You couldn t ask for better. Indeed, it sounds like George Fearon & Sons partnership with Volvo is set to continue into the foreseeable future! Operating exclusively within the island of Ireland, George Fearon & Sons has been synonymous with biscuit transportation for many years. At present, they also do work for Jenkins Shipping; and Robert Roberts. The heartbeat of the business is provided by the seven-strong fleet of Volvo HGVs, which are maintained in top condition at all times to ensure that customers receive the best possible service around the clock. Regular investment keeps the trucks and trailers performing at their optimal level. With a fresh and well-tuned fleet on the road, downtime is virtually non-existent. Regarding the most recent addition to the fleet, George notes: I bought a new FH two years ago. It was a demo model from Dennisons Ballyclare garage and we re more than happy with it. In total, George Fearon & Sons generates gainful employment for a team of seven, including four members of the Fearon family George and his sons Leo, Nigel and Colin, all of whom are drivers. As a family business first and foremost, customers are guaranteed a personal touch as well as the high levels of professionalism upon which the Rostrevor-based business has built its reputation. The success of George Fearon & Sons has been based on providing customers with a very high level of service. There s no rocket science here; it s all about getting the product from A to B safely and on time, every time. We like to think we give a good service, says George modestly. Service is Number One and that s what we concentrate on. We are 100% focussed on looking after our customers. The business is going well and I m happy enough with where we are at now. Haulage has been good to me and I can t have any complaints. With a modern, well-equipped workshop in Rostrevor, George Fearon & Sons is a self-sufficient company that has every reason to be optimistic about the future. Mind you, with 44 years experience of running his own business and having witnessed the fickle nature of the economy on more than one occasion, George is wise enough not to take anything for granted. The business has kept ticking away, thankfully, he concludes. All you can do is provide a good service and that s what we will continue to do. You never know what s around the corner, but it has worked out well so far for us and I m hoping that will continue. George Fearon is a modest and quiet-spoken individual. He prefers to focus on running his business than talking about it which is just fine because the success of George Fearon & Sons over the past 44 years (and counting ) speaks for itself! George Fearon & Sons, 35 Newtown Road, Rostrevor, Newry, County Down, BT34 3BZ. Tel: 048 4173 8676 Mobile: +44 07771846411 Fax: 048 4173 8676 Email: [email protected] [1] [2] Taken from I rish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 N o 10, December 2015/January 2016 [3] References ^ +44 07771846411 (www.irishtrucker.com) ^ [email protected] (www.irishtrucker.com) ^ rish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 10, December 2015/January 2016 (www.brtanspares.ie)