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Three bystanders seriously injured after being struck by car in garda chase

It has been reported that one of the men lost a leg in the incident.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Updated 26 September, 08.33am

THREE MEN WERE seriously injured last night after they were struck by a car that was being chased by gardaí.

Gardaí were pursuing the car, which the Clare Herald reports was linked to an earlier burglary at Doonass near Clonlara shortly after 5pm. It then crashed into a stationary car in the village of Parteen, Co Clare and three pedestrians were injured. The men were all transferred to hospital.

The local newspaper reports that the car being chased failed to take a bend in Parteen and “careered out of control into the carpark of the local pitch-and-putt club and collided with a parked vehicle”.

The men, reported to be in their 70s, are understood to have been standing in the car park when they were struck by the car.

RTÉ reports that the two male occupants of the car fled the scene on foot and that one of the injured lost a leg after being pinned under the car that crashed into them. It is believed the other two men suffered less serious injuries.

The gardaí confirmed that one man has been arrested in relation to the incident.

The Garda Ombudsman is now investigating the incident ans is seeking witnesses to the chase and the subsequent collision. Anyone with information that may be of assistance to the investigation is asked to contact GSOC at 1890 600 800.

First published 25 September, 21.18pm

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