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Appeal for safety investigation as lorry topples at Eglinton roundabout

Driver taken to hospital after accident at blackspot

By Angela Rainey

Published 06/05/2016

Police officers at the scene of an overturned lorry at the Eglinton Airport roundabout
Police officers at the scene of an overturned lorry at the Eglinton Airport roundabout
A crane lifts the lorry off the road

A Co Londonderry councillor has called for Transport NI to investigate a roundabout after a man was taken to hospital when his articulated lorry toppled over.

The incident happened on the Eglinton roundabout at around 10am yesterday.

The man's condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

It is believed the vehicle belonging to NRN Transport at St Canices Park, Eglinton, is owned by the man's father and was on its way to make a delivery when the accident happened.

It is one of a spate of accidents involving articulated lorries at the roundabout in the past year which have resulted in the road being closed and long tailbacks.

The road was reopened after two hours.

The roundabout, which has been in place for around seven years, is the last before traffic is reduced to a single lane, and it is claimed it is too narrow for large vehicles to manoeuvre.

SDLP councillor Jim McKeever of Derry and Strabane Council said that transport authorities need to investigate to see what is causing the problem.

"First of all I hope the driver is OK and recovering. I hope he is not seriously hurt," Cllr McKeever said. "There has been a number of accidents at this same roundabout - at least five or six that I can recall - over the last few years.

"It is not a new roundabout as such as it has been there about seven years as part of the carriageway when it was being built, but recently, in the last few months there has been a number of accidents there, all involving articulated lorries.

"I would like Transport NI to have a look at it and investigate what it is that is causing the problem."

He added that it could be the camber at the roundabout making it unsafe for drivers of large vehicles, but added that transport experts should be called in to decide.

"It would be best if Transport NI look into it," said Cllr McKeever.

"In the meantime I would urge the public to be cautious when driving near large vehicles at roundabouts. Drivers should stay clear or at least leave plenty of space between them to allow larger vehicles room to manoeuvre."

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