Lucky escape for parade onlookers in Letterkenny

Spectators lining the route of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Letterkenny had a lucky escape after a motorbike taking part lost control and crashed into a barrier.

Spectators lining the route of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Letterkenny had a lucky escape after a motorbike taking part lost control and crashed into a barrier.

Video footage of the incident has been posted on the You Tube website, showing a rider commencing a ‘wheelie’ manoeuvre before losing control of the motorbike which can then be seen travelling a short distance on its own before crashing into a barrier.

It shows the bike landing next to a number of spectators, including three young children, standing next to the end of the safety barrier which appears unprotected.

It is understood the civil defence were at the scene quickly and an ambulance arrived shortly after, but no one was hurt in the incident.

A spokesperson for Errigal Motorcycle Club said yesterday the rider involved was a young member of their club.

He said it was an “unfortunate accident” and that they take safety “very seriously”.

He added they will review the situation so similar incidents can be avoided in the future.

An ambulance was called to the scene, but no one was taken to hospital and the rest of the parade continued successfully.

A spokesperson for Letterkenny Gardai confirmed they are aware of the incident.

Up to 10,000 spectators lined the town’s streets in one of the most successful parades to date.

The event was organised by Letterkenny Chamber and the chamber’s Chief Executive, Toni Forrester, said despite the incident they were satisfied with the safety measures in place. She said she hoped the incident did not affect the spectators’ enjoyment of the family event.

Ms. Forrester said the incident “looked worse than it was” but added they will review the situation from a safety perspective.

“The barrier protected them and the civil defence came down and dealt with it. The parade was allowed to continue. It was dealt with. They had been doing a few wheelies as they passed the platform and we didn’t feel in any danger.”