by STACEY HEANEY
The lorry lies toppled on the side of the Edentrillick Road.
LISBURN Mayor Councillor Ronnie Crawford has said that a driver
was 'fortunate' not have been seriously injured after his lorry
overturned on the Edentrillick Road last week.
The lorry toppled over last Thursday when it
apparently pulled over the let another vehicle pass on the
Mr Crawford said it confirmed his fears about
the safety of the road and he had contacted Roads Service to try
to get action.
Mr Crawford said: "I was driving home when I saw
the incident. The lorry was carrying a load of aggregate from
the local quarry and had gone off the tarmac, there was a full
load of stones tipped into the field. Fortunately no one was
seriously injured, but it could have been more serious.
"I have, on numerous occasions, made
representations to the Roads Service about the unsuitability of
this country road for such huge vehicles but the Roads Service
has refused to restrict the size of lorries using the road or
install a white line or cats eyes as they admit the road is not
"There is a constant flow of these type of
vehicles to and from the local quarry and it was only a matter
of time before an accident such at this occurred.
"I will be referring the matter again to the
Roads Service for action but frankly is seems unlikely to take
any action" he said.
A DRD spokesperson commented: "Current guidelines are that
centre line road markings are normally only considered were the
road width is consistently wider than 5.5m. Edentrillick Road is
of insufficient consistent width for consideration of a centre
line. Reflective road studs are considered in support of centre
line road markings and having regard to the volume of traffic.
Edentrillick Road does not meet either of these criteria."