Car observed by gardaí involved in collision

A number of people were injured yesterday when a car being observed by gardaí collided with another vehicle near Monasterevin, Co Kildare.

The crash occurred just after midday at Ballagh on the Monasterevin to Portarlington Road.

The car carrying three men crashed into another car in which a man and two children were travelling. Gardaí were some distance behind.

All of the occupants in both vehicles were taken to hospital. One of the three men was reported to be seriously injured. A helicopter was used to airlift the injured to hospital.

The Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) has become involved because a Garda car had been following one of the cars that crashed.

Meanwhile, a critically injured woman had to be airlifted to hospital on Saturday after the car in which she was travelling left the road, hit a tree and crashed through a ditch into a field.

The accident happened at around 12.15pm on the N68 Ennis to Kilrush road at Darragh in Co Clare.

Paramedics took the male driver from the upturned Toyota Avensis but firefighters were called to remove the trapped female passenger.

The woman was airlifted to University Hospital Galway while the driver was taken to University Hospital Limerick by ambulance.


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