Man killed in tragic accident

A MAN was killed in an accident at the Avenue Road in Dundalk, yesterday morning (Monday).

A MAN was killed in an accident at the Avenue Road in Dundalk, yesterday morning (Monday).

It is believed the tragedy occurred when the car he was working collapsed on top of him.

The man, who is not believed to be from the area, was not named at the time of going to press but Gardaí confirmed that he was 31 years old.

A large number of ambulances and paramedics as well as Gardaí and fire crew attended the scene of the accident, close to the Avenue Stores, but the man was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital a short time later.

Meanwhile, Dundalk, Carlingford and Ardee fire services have been stretched to the limit with gorse fires.

Fire officers have been working round the clock, catching a few hours sleep whenever possible.

One Dundalk unit was called out on Sunday afternoon and was still attending the blaze 24-hours later.

There have been so many fires in the Cooley mountains that the service can only attend those that are near forests or houses.

On Monday, a fire swept through the Ardee Bog area.

The gorse fires are now a major problem in the country stretching from Louth through the North and right across to Mayo and Galway.

The fires have swept through thousands of acres.

In some parts the defence forces have been called in to assist exhausted fire fighters.

Over sixty fire units services have been called out in the North.

Hillwalkers and holiday makers have been told to avoid the Mourne Mountains as the fire services tackle a series of blazes.

Many of the fires have been started .deliberately and it’s a problem that has increased significantly in recent years.

Ambulance staff have also been called out and there have been calls for anyone found guilty of arson to be given a custodial sentence.

The exceptional dry weather makes it easier for the fires to spread.

Only 10 to 20 per cent of the average rainfall has been recorded over the past fortnight and the A1 and N1 in the north Louth area have been hit by reduced visibility caused by dense smoke and sparks and flames shooting across the road from burning undergrowth.