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GSOC investigation launched after man and garda hospitalised following crash in Longford

The incident happened at the Ardnacassa estate at around 4pm.

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THE GARDA OMBUDSMAN (GSOC) has launched an investigation after a crash in Co Longford left a man and a member of the force in hospital.

The incident happened at the Ardnacassa estate in Co Longford at around 4pm today, after gardaí tried to stop a vehicle following reports of a vehicle driving erratically on the Ballinalee Road.

The vehicle initially stopped at that location for gardaí, but drove off and injured a garda who approached it.

Gardaí then searched for the vehicle, and it was observed by a patrol car a few minutes later, but once again failed to stop and crashed into a wall in the Ardnacassa estate.

The injured driver and garda were taken to Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore, where they are understood to have non-life threatening injuries.

A GSOC spokesperson confirmed that the incident had been referred to the ombudsman, which was now investigating. A garda spokesperson said investigations are ongoing.

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