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Farmer in a hurry’s U-turn caused road crash

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A 54-year-old man was found with a defective tyre on his car after it was involved in a crash on the main Enniskillen to Belfast Road.
Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard on Monday that police were called to a road traffic accident on the A4 Belfast Road at Tamlaght on August 2nd last involving two vehicles which had been extensively damaged.
Kenneth McCreary was the driver of a BMW that was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi jeep. The defendant was travelling towards Enniskillen in front of the jeep when he pulled into the hard shoulder before re-entering the carriageway again and attempting to do a U-turn, leading to the crash.
It was when police attended the crash scene that they found the rear nearside tyre of the defendant’s car was defective.
McCreery of Elm Cottage, Farnamullan Road in Lisbellaw was charged with having a defective tyre and careless driving. Defence solicitor John McManus told the court that his client had been in a queue of traffic and was pressed for time.
“He decided to change his route and pulled over before trying to do the U-turn. There was a lack of indication as he pulled out again which led to the collision with the Mitsubishi travelling behind. Speed was not an issue in the case. The injuries sustained by those involved was low level bruising,” he added.
Mr McManus said his client was a cattle dealer and farmer by trade who had been driving for over 30 years, adding that he had since had the tyre in question replaced.
Noting that it was fortunate that the accident had caused only minor injuries to those involved, District Judge Michael Ranaghan fined McManus £215 for careless driving and a further £150 for the detective tyre. Five penalty points were also imposed.


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