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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Gardai investigate serious collision between car and fire engine

Driver was removed from the car by emergency crews

Mark O’Regan

Published 16/05/2014 | 21:32

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GARDAI have launched an investigation into a serious collision between a car and a fire brigade engine in Dublin.

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The incident occurred on Ranelagh Bridge, next to the Barge Pub, at approximately 5.30pm this evening. 

Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade as well as two ambulances attended the scene.

Following the crash, the driver was removed from the car by emergency crews from the Fire Brigade service and the road was closed.

Crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the driver before being treated by paramedics.

Four fire officers and the driver of the car were rushed to hospital.

“One of the officers is still receiving treatment in hospital, the rest have been released. The driver’s injuries are very serious, but at this stage it doesn’t look like they’re life threatening,” a garda source said.

The fire truck, based out of Donnybrook station, was responding to a call at the time of the accident

An examination of the scene was carried out by forensic collision investigators.

The fire brigade engine was badly damaged but it is hoped it can be put on the road again following repairs.

Many patrons enjoying the fine weather in the nearby Barge pub witnessed the incident.

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