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Man seriously hurt while helping recover forklift from ditch

A man has been seriously hurt while helping recover a forklift from a ditch.

It is understood the man, aged in his 20s, pulled up in his car to help after a forklift went into a ditch on Ballinlea Road, near Stranocum, Co Antrim[1] , at 4.50pm on Monday, February 13.

A lorry was recovering the forklift when the man got out of his car to assist. He was injured during the recovery and was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information following an rtc that occurred in the Ballinlea Road area, near Stranocum, at approximately 4.50pm on Monday 13 February.

“The rtc involved a lorry which was recovering a forklift that had went into a ditch and a man who got out of his car to assist. The man, who is aged in his 20s, has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are currently believed to be serious but not life-threatening.”

Inspector Colin Reeves said: “I would ask anyone who knows anything about this serious rtc to contact Coleraine Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 918 of 13/02/17.”

Part of the Ballinlea Road currently remains closed to traffic.

References

  1. ^ Co Antrim (www.belfastlive.co.uk)

Police are appealing for information following an rtc that occurred in the Ballinlea Road area

Police are appealing for information following an rtc that occurred in the Ballinlea Road area, near Stranocum, at approximately 4.50pm on Monday 13 February.

The rtc involved a lorry which was recovering a forklift that had went into a ditch and a man who got out of his car to assist. The man, who is aged in his 20s, has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are currently believed to be serious but not life threatening.

Inspector Colin Reeves said: “I would ask anyone who knows anything about this serious rtc to contact Coleraine Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 918 of 13/02/17.”

Part of the Ballinlea Road currently remains closed to traffic.

Derry sends two lorryloads to Syrian camps

Volunteer Sean Gallagher says Derry’s response to a Christmas appeal for aid for Syrian refugees was phenomenal and saw £100,000 worth of goods shipped to Athens.

Two 40 foot lorry loads were shipped out rather than the single container that had originally been envisaged.

The St Vincent de Paul driver, Sean Gallagher, who was shocked at the suffering he encountered when he visited the camps in Greece last summer, said the response was unbelievable.

“Since starting the refugee appeal in October the response has been overwhelming. In five weeks we managed to fill two 40 foot containers,” said Mr. Gallagher.

Donations poured in from Derry, Donegal, Limavady, Omagh, Coleraine and even Sligo.

“It was estimated there was well over £100,000 worth of vital food feeding up to 500 families living in derelict buildings,” said Mr. Gallagher.

But another shipment is urgently needed.

“Both containers were empty within a week. Although we had a great response this is an on going problem. We are sending another going out, hopefully, by the end of January.

Drop off points for non-perishable food items and winter clothing and shoes, particularly for men, include: St Vincent de Paul, William Street; Max Fashion, Waterloo Street; Pilot’s Row; Cromore Pre-school centre; Waterside Women’s Centre, Chapel Road; the Holy Family Chapel; and Mr Gallagher’s home at 9 Pinetrees.

For more on how to help contact Sean on 07592252436 or Claire Thompson in Donegal on 00353877441190.

Thirty years of Calvin Haulage

Thirty years of Calvin Haulage 10 August 2016 Calvin Haulage was established in 1986 by Wallace Calvin. As Calvin Haulage prepares to celebrate 30 years in business, Irish Trucker decided to profile the Ballymoney-based family business which specialises in factory to factory bulk liquid milk transportation. Calvin Haulage was established in 1986 by Wallace Calvin who started out with a single Fiat truck transporting potatoes for local producers. Wallace then began drawing straw from farms in the south of Ireland back to the Antrim area before commencing his factory to factory bulk liquid milk transport service in the early 1990s. The service sees Calvin Haulage haul milk from LacPatrick Creamery formerly Ballyrashane to other processing facilities in the Ulster area. LacPatrick only came into existence this summer following the merger of Ballyrashane and Town of Monaghan Co-ops. The merger reflects both Co-ops ambitions to grow their business in Ireland and beyond. Ballyrashane Creamery has been a leading liquid milk processor since 1896. Its location in Coleraine allows it to source its milk supply from farms benefiting from the best natural resources. The milk comes from cows that have the luxury of grazing in rich verdant pastures in one of Ireland s best dairy areas, and this gives Ballyrashane s products their distinctive quality and unmistakable flavour. We have an excellent working relationship with Ballyrashane going back 25 years, says William Calvin, who is involved in the day-to-day running of the Calvin Haulage with his parents Wallace and Nancy. We do two-to-three runs for them every day between other creameries, including Glanbia in Moira, Glanbia in Virginia, Lakeland Dairies in Bailieborough, Lakeland Dairies in Newtownards and Town of Monaghan in Artigarvan near Strabane. At these facilities, the liquid milk is turned into butter, cheese, yoghurts, milk powder and other dairy products. It s all secondary haulage we do for Ballyrashane. Calvin Haulage operates from just outside the north Co. Antrim town of Ballymoney, which is situated on the main Ballymena-Coleraine Road and is just a short drive from the world famous Giant s Causeway. Employing four staff, the company offers a quick, dependable, professional and price-competitive service to its customers. All goods in transit are fully insured, while the company is also a member of the RHA (Road Haulage Association). Curtain-sided and flatbed haulage, heavy stock, agricultural and palletised goods and food grade bulk tanker hire are among the areas of transport the company specialises in. The Calvin fleet consists of three Renault, two Iveco and one MAN. The company recently took delivery of a brand new Renault T460.26 6×2 tractor unit from Diamond Trucks in Mallusk. The trucks pull six high-tech bulk tankers as well as three curtain-siders and one flatbed trailer. The bulk tankers are stainless steel with a carrying capacity of 30,000 litres. The trucks bear Calvin Haulage s distinctive white and red livery and are always immaculately turned out and in pristine condition. We ve invested substantially in our fleet recently. We bought two new Iveco s from NI Trucks last year and the Renault T series 460 is the latest arrival. The last time we bought new prior to last year was in 2007-2008, so the upgrade was needed. The fresher the fleet the better and more reliable the service we are able to provide, William adds. Calvin Haulage s team of drivers are among the best in the business. They are fully trained, friendly and professional in every aspect of the job and enjoy a great rapport with the customers. The new Renault is being driven by Stephen Kirkpatrick, who has been part of the team for over 20 years. In addition to its bulk liquid transport service, the company continues to draw potatoes, fertiliser and straw. Among the well-known potato growers, packers and distributors it works for are Nationwide Produce in Belfast, and Laurence Rodgers in Aghalee. Calvin Haulage also counts RiverRidge Recycling, which is a waste management company based in Garvagh, Co. Derry / Londonderry, and Leinster Environmental Ltd, Dundalk among its ever-expanding list of clients. It speaks volumes for the Calvin family s hard work and dedication that they have been able to juggle their transport business with running a 200 head beef farm in Ballymoney. Here s to the next 30 years of this highly-regarded family-run operation! Calvin Haulage 62 Conagher Road, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim BT53 6NL Telephone: 028 20741427 Mobile: 077 18926127 Email: [email protected] Web: www.calvinhaulage.co.uk [1] [2] Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 N o 9, November 2015 [3] References ^ [email protected] (www.irishtrucker.com) ^ www.calvinhaulage.co.uk (www.calvinhaulage.co.uk) ^ Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 9, November 2015 (www.brtanspares.ie)

Profits at Volvo truck dealer recover after recession

BALLYCLARE based lorry dealer Dennison Commercials saw a 41 per cent jump in profits last year, posting 1.5m after tax. The figure, for the year to December 31 2014, were a boost on the 1.1m profit in 2013 and its best results since 2009. The company supplies and maintains Volvo commercial vehicles. It made the money off turnover of 39.4m – up form 35m the year before, according to accounts filed at Companies House in Belfast. It marks a return to sustained growth for the firm after profits plunged at the height of the recession. Over the past three years, sales have increased by more than a quarter while profits before tax have almost doubled. Dennison Commercials is one of the longest established and largest franchised Volvo dealers in Britain and Ireland. Headquartered on a 14-acre site in Ballyclare, it also has depots in Newry, Dungannon and Coleraine. The Dennison group also includes a the leasing and contract hire of of commercial vehicles and Dennison Properties, a property management services company. Examining risks in their strategic report, directors said “significant mergers and acquisitions amongst heavy truck manufacturers in Europe which could yield some additional economies of scale for competitors”. And they added, “the market for 2015 is expected to fall back significantly due to the high demand in 2014, and customers concerns around the cost, fuel performance and reliability of Euro 6 vehicles”. The accounts note current assets reducing from 13.9m to 8.7m. That is the result of the company almost halving its stock levels while it is holding on to less cash with the value at the bank and in hand falling from 931,266 to 163,643. The number of people employed grew to 139 from 132 on average making Dennison’s wage bill 4.6m. Directors were paid a combined 381,996 with the highest paid receiving 132,700. Directors did not recommend the payment of a dividend, but had made an interim payment of 477,000.