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Haulage company apologies after lorries cause damage

One of the hanging plants which was damaged by the lorry passing through Clady.

A HAULAGE company has apologised to residents in Clady and promised to make amends, after one of its lorries caused some damage in the village.

In recent days a lorry belonging to Michael Doherty Haulage was passing through the village when it clipped a telegraph pole resulting in damage to hanging baskets and a telephone line.

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This incident is the latest in a long line of occurrences whereby residents have had cars damaged as lorries thunder through the narrow village.

Clady is habitually used by HGV drivers as a shortcut to and from the Republic of Ireland, instead of navigating through Strabane and Lifford.

This week however, company owner, Michael Doherty apologised for what he said was a “genuine mistake.”

“We’re going to pay in full because it was our fault and at the end of the day, it was an accident,” Mr Doherty said.

“It was a genuine mistake and we’ve promised to pay for whatever work needs done.

“Maybe we could put in a couple of flower beds as a gesture of goodwill.”

In recent days Michaela Boyle MLA has said that legislation could soon be passed which could potentially restrict the passage of HGV lorries through Clady.

Although empathising with residents, Michael Doherty stopped short of saying that his lorries would take the long route in and out of the Republic via Strabane and Lifford. He did say however, that all his drivers have now been told to take extra care when going through Clady.

“Lorries go up and down through Clady every day so the word has gone out to our drivers to be extra careful in the village,” the Omagh business man continued.

“I would maybe suggest more speed ramps in the village because lorry drivers are only able to drive over those at two miles an hour.”

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