Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Electric Picnic: Hundreds of cars trapped in mud

It may not have been very rock and roll, but hundreds of Electric Picnic-ers were delighted when a convoy of tractors came to their rescue.

Some of the 32,500 revellers got stuck in the mud in their cars as they tried to leave Stradbally. Heavy rain on Sunday night left the fields soggy and partly flooded yesterday morning, following the wettest August in over 170 years.

Tractors helped tow out the vehicles as traffic piled up along the Abbeyleix Road in Laois.

Meanwhile, gardai are still compiling figures on the number of arrests over the weekend, but said the three-day event "passed off peacefully".

It is understood that there were six drink-driving arrests, but it is unclear whether they were directly related to the festival.

Two people were taken to Portlaoise General Hospital, but this was due to a leak from a faulty generator on a converted double-decker bus in the campside.

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