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Police launch probe after lorry crashes into Derry shopping centre

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 12/09/2016

Damage to Foyleside Shopping Centre after a delivery lorry crashed into the building
Damage to Foyleside Shopping Centre after a delivery lorry crashed into the building

Police in Londonderry are investigating what caused a parked articulated lorry to move and crash into the Foyleside Shopping Centre.

The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning when the lorry, which was parked in Newmarket Street, careered down the road.

The vehicle struck a parked car and mounted the pavement, tearing bollards out of the ground, before coming to rest at the entrance to the shopping centre.

It is believed the main damage to the centre is centred around emergency doors.

Yesterday afternoon it was business as normal.

There had been fears that the vehicle may have damaged a walkway linking parts of the centre, but these appear to be unfounded.

Centre manager Fergal Rafferty said: "Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident.

"The vehicle struck the emergency doors at the front of the centre, but it could have been a lot worse.

"The centre is open for business as usual and it is hoped that it will not be too long before the vehicle is removed and we can re-open the main doors on Orchard Street."

Police sealed off a number of nearby streets and it is thought they were waiting on engineers to come to appraise the scene of the accident.

It was not clear why the vehicle moved from where it was parked.

It is believed police are looking into various causes to determine if there is anything suspicious about the incident.

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