Anthony Heaney with wife Yue Liu and children Jaimy and Jack
A LIMERICK father has described how a mundane trip on the motorway was changed in a split-second by a rock hurtling towards them like a rocket.
Anthony Heaney, originally from Southill but now living in Carlow, was travelling on the M7 near Lucan on Saturday morning with wife Yue Liu and their two children Jaimy, aged 10, and Jack, 7.
“There was a van in front of us and all I remember seeing was an odd shape coming from under the wheel. At first, I thought it was a leaf and then it came at us like a rocket. I can only assume the van ran over the rock and it spun out from under the wheels.
“I saw it coming dead centre for the windscreen and I swerved right to avoid the tennis ball sized rock and, instead, it hit the passenger side of the windscreen,” said Anthony, who somehow kept control of the car despite being in “utter shock” and pulled over to safety when he could.
The glass shattered all over his wife and children but thankfully the rock didn’t come through the windscreen.
“It was scary because my own father died as a result of a road traffic accident 20 years ago this year so it brought back a few unwelcome memories. We were pretty shaken up but we are all fine now. There were no injuries,” said Anthony, whose dad James "Jimmy" Heaney died in an accident on O'Connell Avenue. Anthony is a regular visitor home to see his mother. He is the creator of the popular Limerick City Citizens Facebook group and he thanked all its members for their kind messages.