Pics: Lucky escape for motorists as bales fall from lorry on motorway

Some motorists had a lucky escape on the M1 motorway at the weekend, as a number of large square bales fell from a lorry.

On Saturday (January 27), members of An Garda Siochana attended the incident, according to a post on the Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page.

An articulated lorry had a number of large square bales stored on top of loose grain in a tipper trailer, which were then strapped down, the post explained.

Image source: Meath Crime Prevention Facebook
However, the straps came loose and two of the bales fell onto the carriageway; one of the bales actually landed on the bonnet of a car.

A motorcyclist, who was following behind the car in question, was forced to drive across the remnants of the bale; but, he managed to maintain his control.

Personnel from the Meath Traffic Unit attended the scene. It is understood that the matter is currently under investigation.

Traffic, bales
Image source: Meath Crime Prevention Facebook

The driver of the lorry is facing a court appearance for dangerous driving, the social media post concluded.

Shed fire

Recently, bales of hay and some farm machinery were destroyed during a shed blaze in the west of Ireland.

It has been confirmed that several units of the Mayo County Fire Service attended a fire in Cong – a village situated on the borders of counties Galway and Mayo – on Saturday night (January 20).

The fire service was alerted to the incident in Creevagh, Cong, shortly before 8:00pm. The blaze took several hours to quench, with units of the fire brigade only returning to their respective bases after 2:00am.