Lorry driver killed at Drehid dump

The driver of a lorry bringing a load of shredded timber to the Drehid landfill site was killed early Monday morning, August 29.

The driver of a lorry bringing a load of shredded timber to the Drehid landfill site was killed early Monday morning, August 29.

It is understood that he was the driver of a recycling truck owned by Thorntons and that the accident occurred on an access route on the way to the AES resource recovery facility at Drehid, on the Derrinturn to Allenwood Road.

The incident occurred after 8.30am in the morning.

At the time of going to press the dead man had not been named but Garda sources confirmed that he was in his late 30s, and, it is believed, had two small daughters. He was a Moldovan national, living in Enfield.

Emergency services attended the scene and Bord na Mona, which owns and runs the site through its subsidiary AES, has said that a full investigation into the cause is underway.

Garda forensic teams were at the scene of the accident which occurred about two kilometres in along a three kilometre internal road off the main road.

It is understood that the lorry jacknifed and turned over onto its side, although what caused it to do so is not known.

Locals familiar with the scene said that there was nothing wrong with the road.