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shocking collision Sulky driver loses control and crashes into car on Limerick road in horror video

Animal cruelty (like this) is happening and maybe a blind eye is being turned,”says Limerick Cllr Eric Nelligan

This is the sickening moment when a sulky driver loses control and collides head on into an oncoming car in Co Limerick.  

Aontu councillor Eric Nelligan who shared the footage on Twitter, said that on a day “when there is rightful outrage at #GordonElliot, this incident of animal cruelty occurred in Limerick last night.

"Shocking to see.”

Speaking today, Cllr Nelligan said the incident happened on Sunday evening, in fact, earlier than he thought.

“But I don’t want that to take away from the content of the video,” he said.

“It is a very disturbing video and a very dangerous and shocking video.

"This is happening all over the place. There are multiple videos on any weekend of sulky races taking place.

"Roads are being taken over and you see videos of dozens of cars blocking the road so that no one can pass out while people are racing.

“It is happening very, very frequently and it's not being given the same publicity,” he added.

“Animal cruelty (like this) is happening and maybe a blind eye is being turned.”

Accorded to Cllr Nelligan, he was told there were two cars following the sulky when the horse lost control and crashed into an oncoming car.

“The horse, the rider and the sulky were thrown 10 to 15 feet in the air and landed in the field next to it,” Cllr Nelligan said.

“I was surprised to hear that the horse actually got up and trotted off.

"When the accident happened the two cars following stopped immediately and some of the men went off and disconnected the sulky.

"The horse was left behind. The female driving the car was very upset by it, naturally.

“It has happened before (where people are injured), “ he added.

“Horses will lose control and they’re traveling at speed.

"An accident can happen, for whatever reason, they might get upset or they might get distracted and as you saw there, it was an accident, but an accident that was caused by dangerous practices.

"It was an avoidable accident that was caused by people doing stuff they shouldn’t have been doing.”

The Garda press office has been contacted for comment.

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