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Couple in their 80s hospitalised after car crashes into river

It happened at a bridge over the Boyle River in Roscommon at around 2pm this afternoon.

Image: Image courtesy of the Roscommon Herald via Roscommon Herald

Updated at 4.30pm

AN ELDERLY COUPLE are recovering in hospital after an incident earlier this afternoon when their car crashed into a river in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

It happened at a bridge on the Boyle River shortly before 2pm. Their car crashed through the wall of the bridge and into the water below.

Local emergency services, including two ambulances, one fire brigade unit and at least eight gardaí responded, according to an eye-witness at the scene.

The couple the car for around an hour before they were freed and taken ashore.

The man (84) and woman (82) were then taken for treatment to Sligo General Hospital.

A garda spokesperson said the couple were suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Locals said the car — an automatic vehicle — was seen accelerating before the crash happened.

First posted at 4.15pm.

[image from Roscommon Herald, with permission]

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