A Galbally pensioner is lucky to be alive this week, after a trailer full of logs smashed into her home when it lost control on a frozen and notorious stretch of road.
Traumatised by the ordeal, 89-year-old Kathleen Hackett has been forced from her home on the Gortindarragh Road, fearful that another vehicle will crash into the house.
The pensioner had just left the living room to get a glass of water from the kitchen, when the trailer careered over the wall and into the house, smashing a window in the process and shaking the building to its foundations.
She thought her home had been hit by a bomb, said her daughter Patricia Johnston.
The accident happened last week (December 28), when a tractor which was towing a trailer lost traction on the icy hill and slipped backwards on to a wall designed to protect the Hackett property.
However, a wheel of the trailer slipped over the wall and flipped over, disconnecting itself from the tractor in the process.
The tractor driver escaped injury and local people helped seal off the road while a digger was called in to remove the trailer.
“It could have been much, much worse, if the tractor had also crashed into the house, I don’t even want to think what damage that would
have done,” Patricia told the Herald.
“That, and the fact that my mother had been out getting a glass of water at the time, are the only things we are grateful for at the moment.”
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