Woman’s lucky escape in motorway truck smash

a WOMAN who had parked on the hardshoulder of the M9 motorway cheated death after a lorry collided with her car last week.

a WOMAN who had parked on the hardshoulder of the M9 motorway cheated death after a lorry collided with her car last week.

The collision occurred just south of Kilcullen shortly after 5pm on Thursday March 31. The driver of the truck was treated at the scene while the female driver of the car was rushed by ambulance to Naas General Hospital.

Luckily, she received no serious injuries.

A motorway SOS phone was damaged and knocked down as a result of the crash. Evening rush hour traffic came to a stop and was backed up for a number of miles.

Kildare County Council Road Safety Officer, Declan Keogh stressed; “This was a very lucky escape for these drivers on this occasion, however, other drivers may not be so lucky.

“I would appeal to any driver who sees warning signs or emergency lights ahead to reduce their speed, drive slowly and cautiously while passing any incident on any road.”

In the wake of the smash he warned motorists of the dangers of parking along the hard shoulder on a motorway and urged drivers not to be fooled by their own interpretation of motorway rules.

“Some motorists believe that they are entitled to park on the hard shoulder of a motorway, however this is not the case. Drivers are putting themselves, their passengers and other drivers who use the motorway in danger by what they feel is safe and permitted parking on the hard shoulder.

This is neither legal nor safe,” Mr Keogh pointed out.