Houses wrecked and driver killed as tragedy hits quiet village
Published 02/05/2009 | 00:37
This dramatic picture shows the devastation caused when a milk tanker ploughed into three houses just over the border in the Republic.
A man in his 50s who was driving the lorry died in the horror smash at Main Street in the village of Emyvale, Co Monaghan.
The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene and his body taken to Navan General Hospital.
Emergency services said a number of other people on the road narrowly escaped injury when the lorry flipped and slid down the road. The accident happened at about 10.30am yesterday.
The truck completely demolished a cottage by the N2 but it is understood the owner was away in Scotland on holiday.
The vehicle then careered into an adjoining house, ripping out the front wall, but a 13-year-old boy who was sleeping upstairs escaped with his life.
Gardai Forensic Collision Investigators remained at the scene of the crash for much of yesterday and the road was closed off as gardai investigate the fatal incident.
They say the road will be closed for most of today.
Motorists were asked to avoid Emyvale by diverting at Monaghan via Armagh if they are travelling to Derry or by diverting at Aughnacloy if driving to Dublin.