John Furlong a coach driver for Paddywagon has thanked the local community, Logan Coaches, PSNI & the recovery team following yesterdays incident on the Ballymagarry Road, Portrush.
In a social media statement to Causeway Coast Community he said “To the Causeway Coast FB Community.
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Hello all. My name is John Furlong. I am responsible for this incident today.
I would like to thank the local community, the two PNSI Officers, Logan Coaches and the recovery team who assisted and to all the members here who expressed concern for my passengers. I know some of you well and thank you for the private messages sent.
I would also like to apologise to the local community for the disruption caused.
This incident happened very slowly and nobody was hurt. I stoped at the top of the hill today and there were 5 options open to me. I still believe I took the right option, but ice and gravity worked against me.
Over the last 33 years, I have carried hundreds of thousands of people over millions of miles. Safely. Most of those miles on back roads, just like Ballymagarry road, as to get visitors to certain locations require me to do so.
I start this tour to the Causeway coast from Dublin. Because of EU regulations on drivers hours, and the length of time travelling to the coast, we use this road to save time, and also to avoid having to operate a three point turn at the jct on the Ballybogie/coast road. We are not in a rush, under no pressure to rush and don’t speed. However, I can only speak for myself. I am a highly trained, highly skilled and highly experienced professional. I have been bringing visitors to the northern coast at a time when very few would. I work for a company who brings in their own tourists and advertise the Causeway coast extensively for the last 20 years. Businesses along the coast, including the NT benefit from our efforts. And many of you or your relatives are employed in the tourism trade. But tourists have to get there and the most economical and environmentally friendly way is to travel by bus.
I love my job, I love the coast and I love the people I work with there. I will be back up during the week and I would be very happy to meet any or all of you to discuss any of your concerns.