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VIDEO: Fallen crusher brings traffic to a standstill

Omagh’s Great Northern Road was closed for several hours on Monday afternoon during the major operation to remove a massive crushing machine which had fallen off a lorry that morning.

A major thoroughfare in Omagh was shut down for several hours on Monday as a 52.5 tonne crushing machine was lifted from the road.

The machine had fallen from a lorry on the Great Northern Road shortly before 9am.

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It is believed a car in front of the lorry carrying the machine braked suddenly, and when the lorry subsequently braked the machine moved and
the straps holding the chains broke.

Fortunately it fell left into a grass verge instead of the oncoming traffic in the opposite direction.

While the road remained open throughout the morning, it was later shut down for approximately four hours from around 1pm while three cranes worked simultaneously to pull the heavy crushing machine from the ditch.

Traffic in Omagh came to a practical standstill during this period as police diverted A5 motorists through the congested town centre area.
No one was injured in the accident and the town was free flowing again that evening.

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