A number of cattle are believed to have died in an incident that occurred in Co. Limerick last night (Sunday, December 6) where a lorry went on fire.

The incident occurred on the N21 near Adare in Co. Limerick, resulting in the road being closed, according to AA Roadwatch. The road reopened following the collision earlier this morning.

It is understood that some but not all of the animals were saved from the blaze.

Confirming news of the incident to AgriLand, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Gardaí did attend the scene of an incident in Adare, Co. Limerick, yesterday evening, Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 7:30pm.

A truck was on fire at the scene. Fire services also attended and extinguished the fire.

“A number of animals deceased as a result of the fire,” the Garda representative added.

Enquiries are ongoing, it was noted.

A striking image of the trailer in question on fire also emerged on social media in recent hours with initial reports of pigs later corrected to cattle.

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Local Facebook page Limerick Now said that the driver and “most of the cattle were saved”.