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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Woman killed in burglar gang crash carnage

AN innocent motorist was killed last night when her car was smashed into by another vehicle attempting to flee gardai on a busy motorway.

The shocking accident happened on the M7 motorway between Kildare town and Newbridge, Co Kildare at 8.45pm.

The Herald understands that gardai from Kildare, Offaly and Laois were in pursuit of a group of young men who were suspected to have been involved in a number of burglaries in the north Tipperary region yesterday evening.

Officers from the Laois/Offaly division, including detectives, spotted the vehicle in which the gang were travelling around the M7 toll bridge just outside Portaloise.

The gang, who are understood to be members of the Travelling community, attempted to flee on the northbound carriageway as officers chased.

Gardai contacted their colleagues in Kildare for support as the chase continued across four counties along the M7.

As the fleeing vehicle approached the J13 turn off for Kildare, the victim who was in a Citroen car travelled onto the northbound carriageway of the motorway from the slip road.

Gardai attempted to box off the gang in a bid to bring the chase to a halt. However, the speeding car attempted to evade officers and collided with the back of the Citroen as it came off the slip road.

The Citroen careered through the air into a patrol car and the woman was killed. Paramedics were alerted as emergency services attempted to stop oncoming traffic from driving into the scene of the carnage.

WRECKAGE

Four units of Kildare Fire Brigade travelled from Newbridge and Monasterevin and fire crews worked to cut the trapped victims from the wreckage.

A fleet of ambulances took the seven injured including two garda to hospitals in Naas and Tallaght.

Fr Adrian Carbery, parish priest in Kildare town, said he was horrified. This woman was probably on her way home from work and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, and I hope they find the strength to get through this," he said.

A garda press office spokesman said the incident has been referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

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