Wednesday 17 July 2019

Lucky escape for Kilmore family after freak accident

The car windscreen smashed by the flying door of the bus.
The car windscreen smashed by the flying door of the bus.

By Esther Hayden

A Wexford couple and their daughter had a lucky escape when a door from a passing school bus dislodged and smashed into their windscreen.

Pat Creevey and his wife Eileen of Grange, Kilmore were travelling down Hill Street in Wexford on Thursday afternoon when the freak accident occurred.

The couple's daughter Deirdre. a professional musician, was in the back seat of the car.

Eileen said they were still in shock after the accident. 'We were just so lucky. If we had been going any faster I don't like to think what would have happened. We were travelling down Hill Street at around 2.15 p.m. on Thursday. We were only going around 10 or 15 miles per hour because we were looking for place to park as I was going to a meeting in the county hall.

'Suddenly out of nowhere there was this unmerciful bang. I hadn't a clue what had happened and the next second the windscreen just came in on top of us. We think part of the luggage door or the engine door became loose and dislodged from the bus and flew up and hit the windscreen.

'It just flew off and landed on the car. We had a very lucky escape. Our daughter was in the back of the car and we were completely covered with glass. We were brought to Wexford General by ambulance and then my husband had to go to Waterford University Hospital because he had shards of glass in his eye. We were back in Waterford with him on Saturday for another check up.

'But the main thing is that we are all OK, just cuts and scratches. It could have been so much worse.'

Eileen, who is the outgoing county treasurer of the ICA, said the bus driver also got an 'awful shock. He was very shocked by it. He was driving a private school bus which was empty. We were just lucky there was nobody seriously hurt. It was one of those freak accidents.'

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