Street light column crashes

The lamp-post which fell on Saturday close to the junction of Scoggy Road with Ballyquin Road. DERR1003SJ10
The lamp-post which fell on Saturday close to the junction of Scoggy Road with Ballyquin Road. DERR1003SJ10
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TransportNI say they will conduct immediate checks on street lighting columns in Limavady after one crashed to the ground in the town, writes Sheena Jackson.

The incident happened on Ballyquin Road, close to the junction with Scroggy Road, on Saturday afternoon.

... where the street lighting column snapped. DERR1003SJ1

... where the street lighting column snapped. DERR1003SJ1

Martin Buchanan, who lives nearby, was on scene within minutes after the incident occurred. He said the driver of a car coming from the Dungiven direction into Limavady had “a lucky escape”.

“It seems the strong wind blew the lamp-post over and just missed a vehicle by inches. I was there within a couple of minutes. The driver was a bit shocked but, thank God, okay,” said Mr Buchanan.

“It seems as if the driver had a lucky escape.”

Mr. Buchanan said it was only by pure luck no one was walking on the footpath when it happened, and there weren’t more vehicles on the road.

“It could have been really serious,” added Mr Buchanan.

A TransportNI spokesperson said further investigations are ongoing.

“TransportNI is investigating a recent incident on Ballyquin Road in Limavady involving the collapse of a street lighting column,” said a TransportNI spokesperson.

“The column was made safe. Other columns in the area were immediately inspected and a nearby column was removed as a precautionary measure.”

The TransportNI spokesperson added: “Further detailed investigations are ongoing. The department has in place a regular programme of inspection for all street lighting across Northern Ireland.”