Car crash after slurry tank cracks in County Limerick

The car that was swept over 15 metres into a field by a slurry spill    Picture: Mike O'Riordan
THE DOON to Cappamore road remains closed after a slurry tank burst last night with tens of thousands of gallons of spilling onto the road.

THE DOON to Cappamore road remains closed after a slurry tank burst last night with tens of thousands of gallons of spilling onto the road.

It occurred at around 10.30pm on Tuesday night and a car was swept off the road as the slurry flowed out.

Gardai, ambulance, two units of the fire service from Cappamore and Limerick County Council staff attended the scene and rescued the female driver. It is understood that she was not seriously injured but severely shocked from the freak accident.

Emergency and council staff spent the night at the location in Cooga, Doon and the road will remain closed until a clean-up can take place. The environmental impact of the slurry will also be assessed.

This week the chairman of the ICMSA’s farm services and environment committee, Patrick Rohan, stated that the problems associated with ‘calendar farming’ are clearly evident over the past few days as wet weather has prevented many farmers from spreading slurry.

He said that farmers are extremely frustrated in many areas as they have been unable to get slurry out due to the poor weather conditions since the open period commenced.

“The experienced during this open period make a very stark contrast to the ideal weather and ground conditions experienced throughout the country in October, November and December when farmers are not allowed to spread slurry,” said Mr Rohan.

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