Scene of the accident this morning at The Rock Mountmellick, pic by Denis Byrne
A traffic accident involving a cattle transporter near a busy school in Laois this morning has resulted in a full road closure, with several cattle since having to be put down.
It is understood that the trailer of a cattle truck detached while driving past the Rock National School.
At about 8.05am this morning, the trailer mounted a path between the school and the Rock GAA Club, smashing through a wooden fence into a field.
Up to nine cattle have had to be put down due to their injuries.
There was one male driver who was not injured.
Gardaí have now closed the road from Turley's pub in Mountmellick, with diversions in place, while a tow truck takes the trailer away.
The path and fence were built to facilitate schoolchildren from the 200 pupil school, to walk to the GAA Club where they use the facilities.
The speed and volume of traffic on the busy road has long been a concern for residents, parents and local councillors.
See our breaking story here.
See image of the road closure here, taken by Denis Byrne.