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Emergency services on the scene in Bray Damien Storan

Three people hospitalised after driver crashes into pedestrians and shops on Bray main street

Dublin Bus said its services through the town have been diverted.

LAST UPDATE | Feb 15th 2024, 6:20 PM

THREE PEOPLE HAVE been hospitalised after a car struck a number of pedestrians on Bray main street in Wicklow this afternoon. 

Shortly before 2pm, a works vehicle and a car collided on the main street, causing the car to mount the footpath and strike three pedestrians. 

Two of the pedestrians, both women aged in their 60s, and the driver of car, a woman aged in her 80s, were taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

A third pedestrian, a woman aged in her 50s, was treated at the scene. 

The driver of the works vehicle didn’t require immediate medical treatment. 

Bray crash blur The car that struck pedestrians and crashed into a shop on Bray main street. Catherine Finn Catherine Finn

Natalia Padial, who works in the Flying Tiger shop next to the site of the crash told The Journal that she and her colleague heard a loud bang and went outside to see what had happened. 

“So we heard the first bang, which was probably the bin, and then we ran outside to see what had happened,” she said.

“And then we saw that it had already crashed, because the second bang was when we were racing out. And then everyone just ran to see what was happening and we could hear the people screaming.”

5513a53b-fc55-4cfe-80cb-32d54f8b1103 The scene of the crash in Bray. Catherine Finn Catherine Finn

She said that there were already people helping a woman on the ground whose leg was badly injured. 

“My colleague who was here, he went closer to see what had happened and if someone was hurt, and he saw the woman who had been hurt… and then he came back and he was like, yeah, there’s an injured woman and she’s on the floor and so on.

“But there were a lot of men already helping so we weren’t going to be able to help,” Natalia said. 

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and local diversions are in place. 

Dublin Bus said its services through the town have been diverted. 

bray-crash A garda tells passersby to move back. DAMIEN STORAN DAMIEN STORAN

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Road users with camera footage (including dash-cam) from the vicinity of Main Street, Bray, at the time of the incident are urged to provide this footage to gardaí.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Bray Garda Station at 01 6665300, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin