Bin lorry RTC investigation

The Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council bin lorry. INNT 39-801CON
The Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council bin lorry. INNT 39-801CON

Three council workers were left badly shaken after the bin lorry they were travelling in was involved in a road traffic collision on September 19.

One the crew members was taken to hospital after the incident on the Rock Road in Stoneyford.

Commenting on the incident, a NI Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “NIFRS received a call to a report of a one vehicle road traffic collision at the Rock Road, Stoneyford area of Lisburn on September 19. Two Fire Appliances from Lisburn Fire Station and one Fire Appliance each from Central and Cadogan Fire Station were deployed to the scene of a bin lorry overturned on the road. Three passengers removed themselves from the vehicle upon arrival of firefighters at the scene. One man was taken to hospital following the incident.”

A spokesperson for Antrim and Newtownabbey Council added: “A bin lorry left the road and turned onto its side, whilst travelling to the landfill site. The crew were badly shaken with one taken to hospital as a precaution and kept in overnight. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Bin collections were affected as the council carried out precautionary safety checks on the remaining fleet.”

GMB Trade Union Regional Organiser, Alan Perry said: “We’re glad no one was seriously hurt. We’re asking for an urgent meeting with the council to discuss this incident and other health and safety concerns which have been raised by our members at the council. We’re still waiting on a response from them.”

A Rathcoole resident who wished to remain anonymous said: “My bin hasn’t been emptied. I’ve contacted the council to see when they’ll be able to empty the bins in the missed streets. They said they can’t give me a date and will empty them when they can. This isn’t ideal for people with young babies who have to leave bags of dirty nappies on the street.”