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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Driver cut out of vehicle after crashing down embankment

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Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on Crofton Street ,Dunlaoghaire which was being used by large crowds of people at the time
Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on Crofton Street ,Dunlaoghaire which was being used by large crowds of people at the time
Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on Crofton Street ,Dunlaoghaire which was being used by large crowds of people at the time

THE driver of a car that spun down an embankment had a lucky escape after emergency services had to cut them free from their vehicle on the south side of the capital.

The car was travelling along Crofton Road in Dun Laoghaire, adjacent to the harbour when it lost control and collided with a tree before sliding down an incline near a yacht club.

Trapped

The car ended up facing in the opposite direction with at least one person trapped inside.

Emergency services were called and units from both the National Ambulance Service and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) arrived on the scene at 11.23am.

Two units from the DFB were needed to cut the roof off the mangled vehicle, allowing the occupant to be freed.

Gardai last night could not confirm if anyone had been hospitalised after the incident.

Hundreds of people had lined the streets of the coastal town to watch more than 2,000 runners take part in the Wings for Life World Run.

Elsewhere, six women between the ages of 18 and 23 were hospitalised after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree yesterday.

The incident happened at 6am in Balbriggan.

One of the occupants of the car is believed to have suffered a fractured pelvis.

On the Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter page, the organisation warned about the dangers of over-loading vehicles with too many passengers.

"Bad Weather and Overloaded: 6 people removed from this car last night in Balbriggan."

"Overloaded cars become unstable and not enough seatbelts. It's just not worth the risk," the DFB tweeted.

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