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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Four hospitalised after special needs bus collides with car

The scene of a collision between a car and a mini-bus at Whitehall which caused major traffic disruption (Photo: Tony Gavin)
The scene of a collision between a car and a mini-bus at Whitehall which caused major traffic disruption (Photo: Tony Gavin)

A number of people were hospitalised after a mini-bus carrying passengers with special needs collided with a car in the capital.

Emergency services, including paramedics and gardai, attended the scene in Whitehall, Dublin yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred at the junction of Swords Road and Collins Avenue at approximately 3.10pm.

A garda spokesperson confirmed four people were brought to hospital following the incident, which included the two drivers.

They were brought to Beamount and the Mater Hospital. However, their injuries were not described as serious.

It is understood the minibus was carrying a number of people with special needs when it collided with a white Audi with a northern registration plate.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) confirmed that five of their units attended the scene, along with ambulances from the eastern region of the HSE.

Gardai also attended and a cordon was put in place while paramedics tended to the drivers and passengers.

Tailbacks

Severe traffic delays were also caused as a result of the collision, with tailbacks affecting the Swords Road and Collins Avenue.

Separately, figures released at the most recent Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting of Dublin City Council showed that the number of road deaths and serious road traffic collisions in the capital are increasing.

Figures supplied by Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan show that seven lives have so far been lost on Dublin's roads, compared to four in the same period last year.

For the period up to the end of April there were also 27 serious injury collisions, compared to 21 in the same period in 2015.

Mr Nolan said that "reduction in road deaths and serious injury collisions remains a focus for An Garda Síochána".

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