Crook truck gets stuck

The Prison Service Escort Corps and Offaly county council are investigating how a prison truck got stuck under an aqueduct, holding up traffic for almost an hour.

The Prison Service Escort Corps and Offaly county council are investigating how a prison truck got stuck under an aqueduct, holding up traffic for almost an hour.

It’s understood there were two passengers on board the vehicle which was coming from Edenderry District Court when it wedged under the aquaduct a mile and a half outside the town on the Rathangan Road as it headed for the Midlands prison.

There is one sign for traffic turning from a dangerous bend onto the Rathangan Road, but it was facing the wrong way yesterday afternoon. There is no sign near or on the aquaduct on the Edenderry side.

As trafffic approaches the aquaduct from Rathangan, there is a sign 200m away and another on the aquaduct itself, showing the 2.8m restriction.

Charlie McCarthy, Offaly County Council’s Senior Engineer says there should be adequate signage but the local area engineer will investigate and any signs that have been removed or tampered with will be replaced.