Tourist convicted of careless driving as gardaí hurt

A US tourist has been convicted of careless driving after his car struck two motorcycle gardaí who were on their way to deal with another accident.

The crash happened at Clarion Rd, Sligo, yesterday when the gardaí were struck by a Renault Fluence. Both had bone injuries and were taken to Sligo General Hospital.

There were no reports of injuries to the car’s occupants, a man, a woman, and two children aged about 10 and 12.

The family, who live in New York, were in Sligo for the Fleadh Ceoil and on their way into the town, where one of the children was due to take part in a contest. The gardaí were on their way from Sligo to assist at a two-car crash outside Glencar, in the Manor- hamilton garda district.

Two females and one male were taken from that crash to Sligo General Hospital, but their injuries were said not to be serious.

A Garda motorcycle was still embedded in the car 90 minutes after the Sligo crash at 10.05am.

One of the injured gardaí was later released from the hospital, while the other was detained following surgery on a broken leg.

At a special sitting of Castlerea district court last night, Gary Wilson, aged 47, of Pearl River, New York, was convicted of careless driving.

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