Saturday 21 April 2018

Garda cut free from patrol car by fire crews after being rammed at roadworks

Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)
Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)

Greg Harkin

A garda has escaped with minor injuries after his car was rammed in Co Donegal this morning.

The garda was on duty at Meencargagh (known as McGrory's Brae), 4km from Ballybofey, when his vehicle was hit by a car which had been pursued earlier by colleagues outside Donegal Town.

The incident happened just after 3.30am when a black Fiat Punto failed to stop for gardai and officers gave pursuit.

At major roadwords at McGrory's Brae a garda in a patrol car was then rammed by the Punto.

He had to be cut free from the vehicle by fire crews.

The driver of the Punto and the garda were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but both men were treated for minor injuries.

Garda colleagues say they are "absolutely in shock but totally relieved" that the injuries are not more serious.

The injured garda was released from hospital this afternoon.

The Garda Ombudsman has been at the scene since dawn however it's understood that is a procedural matter and no garda is under investigation.

Gardai are at the bedside of the Punto driver.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí in Co Donegal are appealing for information from anyone in the Donegal Town and Ballybofey areas who saw a black Fiat Punto between 2.30am and 3.30am today.

"Two people are being treated in hospital as a result of an incident in which a Fiat Punto drove into a Garda Patrol Car.

"The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission are at the scene as a matter of routine."

The road is currently closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination and local diversions are in place. The road is expected to reopen around lunchtime.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses in particular anyone who may have been on the Ballybofey to Donegal Rd between 3.15am and 3.45am to contact Letterkenny Garda station on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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