Cattle killed in south-east road accident

A number of cattle were killed in a recent road accident in Co. Wexford, an Garda Siochana has confirmed.

In a single vehicle collision on the N25 – near New Ross Co. Wexford – approximately 10 animals were killed when an articulated cattle lorry is believed to have crashed into a ditch, tipping over the trailer, according to local Gardai.

The incident is believed to have taken place on Saturday, February 17, at around 4:00pm.

The lorry rolled onto the embankment and the trailer then appeared to disconnect from the tractor unit, according to the Gardai.

An extensive rescue operation was then undertaken to remove the live animals from the overturned trailer. Gardai from Mooncoin and Thomastown were involved in the efforts, along with a Fire Brigade unit from New Ross.

Also involved in the rescue were local farmers who were praised for their efforts in removing the cattle from the trailer.

The dead animals were removed that evening, while the lorry was extracted from the ditch on Sunday morning; the N25 was closed for a time to facilitate the removal of the vehicle, Gardai confirmed.

Thankfully, no humans were killed or injured in the collision.

4X4 stolen in Waterford

Staying in the south-east, a 4X4 belonging to a dairy farmer in Co. Waterford was stolen on Friday last (February 23), as the owner worked less than 100 yards away.

The short-wheel base (SWB) Toyota Land Cruiser was stolen at approximately 5:15pm on the evening in question from a farmyard located in the Ballykinsella, Tramore region of the county.

The 4X4 is black in colour and its registration is 06-WD-7. The vehicle was parked in the farmyard – which has electric gates – as the farmer went about his work.

Speaking to AgriLand, he said: “I was just going to lock up the cows when I saw it driving past. It went down a cow path and out onto the road. I ran down after it and rang the Gardai straight away.”

The thieves had taken down a number of strands of wire on the way into the farmyard to ensure a speedy exit down the cow path, the farmer added.

The 3L Land Cruiser was spotted travelling in the Cullencastle/Kilbride direction at around 5:25pm.

An investigation has been launched by An Garda Siochana; no other sighting of the vehicle has been confirmed as yet.