Damaged bridge in Coalisland ‘accident waiting to happen’

Accident warning - SDLP Cllr Malachy Quinn says the Canal Bridge at Gortgonis must be repaired before a 'serious accident' takes place.
Accident warning - SDLP Cllr Malachy Quinn says the Canal Bridge at Gortgonis must be repaired before a 'serious accident' takes place.

Repairs to the Canal Bridge in Gortgonis are needed immediately before a serious or fatal accident occurs, a local councillor has warned.

It is understood the bridge was damaged after being struck by a lorry around six weeks ago.

SDLP councillor for the area, Malachy Quinn, called on Transport NI (formerly Roads Service) and the Department of Regional Development (DRD) to take action to address the issue.

“It is quite easy for anyone who looks at this bridge to see that it wouldn’t take too much of an impact to send a car through the wall and down into the canal which is a considerable drop.”

Cllr Quinn continued: “We have seen accidents and even deaths at this part of the road in the past and I do not want it to happen again, especially when it can be so easily prevented by a simple repair.”

Cllr Quinn also highlighted the problem of the harmful Giant Hogweed growing along the canal and said he has asked Mid Ulster Council to visit the site.

“We have all read up on the dangers of this plant and how damaging it can be to people and it’s important that the council takes the proper measures to remove it from harm’s way.”