Sunday 24 March 2019

Chaos on quays after garda car involved in four-vehicle pile-up

The crumpled front of a taxi badly damaged in the serious crash. Photo: Collins
The crumpled front of a taxi badly damaged in the serious crash. Photo: Collins

Gardai are investigating if a vehicle in a serious crash involving a garda car was involved in two earlier collisions.

Three people were taken to hospital following the crash on Wellington Quay at around 2pm yesterday.

A car struck the wing mirror of an official garda car.

It then continued a short distance before hitting the rear of a taxi which was pushed into the path of a truck travelling in the outside lane.


The driver of the car, who is in his 20s, the driver of the taxi and a passenger were all taken to St James's Hospital with minor injuries.

A garda spokesman told the Herald: "Gardai in Pearse Street are investigating a collision on Wellington Quay. One of the cars involved was an official garda car.

"Gardai are investigating the possibility the car involved in the crash at Wellington Quay was involved in two earlier minor collisions at St Stephen's Green and Tara Street."

A man at the scene in the immediate aftermath of the accident told the Herald that it looked very serious.

"It happened right outside the Clarence Hotel," he said.

"Two of the cars involved were total write-offs and the drivers were taken out in stretchers. They were conscious, but their injuries looked serious.

"What was very strange was that the BMW was facing in the opposite direction of the road.

"Thank God, no one on the footpath was hit as there were loads of people around."

The road remained closed for most of the day.

The traffic ban on College Green had to be lifted to ease traffic and a number of diversions were put in place.

Gardai are asking for any witnesses to contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 666 9000.

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