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Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai rule out terror attack after six injured in horror road smash

A Saab car left on its side after the incident
A Saab car left on its side after the incident

Six people were in hospital last night after a car hit a number of pedestrians on a busy street in Dublin city centre, but gardai were quick to rule out terrorism.

Sources told the Herald that of the six people injured, only one was seriously hurt. The others suffered minor injuries.

The incident happened at 6.16pm at the junction of Harcourt Road and Adelaide Road in Dublin 2.

Feared

The extent of the injuries of those hit by the vehicle were not fully clear last night.

Sources said the incident was being treated as a road traffic collision and that it was "not terror-related".

"Given the current climate around Europe and recent attacks, people feared the worst, but this is being treated as a serious road traffic collision and there is no terror element to it," a senior source said last night.

In the aftermath of the incident, a silver Saab car was left on its side, with several smashed windows and visible damage to the front.

Initial examinations of the scene indicate that a car hit a number of pedestrians on a footpath beside the busy road.

The gender and ages of those injured had not been made public last night, but it is believed the driver of the car and five pedestrians were hurt.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, and eyewitnesses told of how at least one man was being treated by paramedics on the pavement.

"I didn't see it happen but when I got here there were medics working on someone on the ground," an eyewitness told the Herald. "There was bits of the car all over the road and there were at least three fire engines and two ambulances from what I saw."

Arrests

A garda spokesman said the collision was not being treated as a hit-and-run incident. No arrests have yet been made and investigations are continuing.

A Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) spokesman said that four fire tenders and three of the service's ambulances attended the scene.

A further two ambulances from the National Ambulance Service (NAS) were also there.

Two senior emergency personnel - district officers from the DFB and NAS - also att- ended.

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