‘Miraculous’ escape for Mucklagh priest

AN Offaly priest had a ‘miraculous’ escape when a tree collapsed and destroyed his car as he drove through his parish on Monday afternoon.

AN Offaly priest had a ‘miraculous’ escape when a tree collapsed and destroyed his car as he drove through his parish on Monday afternoon.

Still shaken from the experience, Mucklagh Curate Fr John McEvoy said, “I must be the luckiest man in Ireland. I shouldn’t be here.”

Fr McEvoy’s Toyota Prius was written off when a large tree branch struck his car as he drove through Mucklagh at about 2pm. “The impact pushed the car out into the middle of the road,” Fr McEvoy explained.

He wasn’t aware of the tree falling until it hit. The collapse caused considerable damage to the car and deposited a large chunk of wood on the passenger seat. “It’s unbelievable, that’s all I can say,” Fr McEvoy remarked.

Luckily there was no other traffic on the road at the time, “if there was anybody behind they would have gotten it worse than me,” he explained.

“It could have been a different story and maybe it should have been a different story, but whatever intervention is up there I’m still here,” he said, adding, “it’s miraculous.”

Describing the event as incredible, Fr McEvoy said he escaped from the car with just a scratch on the back of his hand.

“It is unbelievable, the two ambulance personnel are still shaking their heads. They came out more or less expecting to have to cut me out of the car,” he said.

Fr McEvoy was able to get himself out of the car without assistance. He was checked over by the ambulance men before returning home to say a few prayers and he quickly returned to his parish duties.

The car was removed from the scene which was cleared after about an hour. Fr McEvoy said the “car is no more” but “I don’t care.”