Six injured after car ploughs into pedestrians at rush hour
A crash on a busy street in Dublin's city centre left six people in hospital after a car flipped on its side in rush-hour traffic.
The serious incident happened at 6.16pm yesterday, on the junction of Harcourt Road and Adelaide Road in Dublin 2.
One of those injured is described as being in a serious condition in hospital, while the five other casualties are understood to have "non-serious" injuries. The gender and ages of those injured were not released last night.
Sources told the Irish Independent the incident was being treated as a road traffic accident and it was not terror-related. "Given the current climate around Europe and recent attacks, people feared the worst," a source said.
"But this is being treated as a serious road traffic collision and there is no terror element to it."
In the aftermath of the crash, a silver Saab car was left on its side, with smashed windows and damage to the front of the vehicle.
Initial examinations indicated the car hit a number of pedestrians on a footpath beside the busy roadway.
Their identities have not been made public, but it's understood the driver of the car and five pedestrians were injured.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and witnesses told how at least one man was treated by paramedics at the scene.
"I didn't see it happen, but when I got here there were medics working on someone on the ground," one witness said.
"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."
A Garda spokesman said the crash was not being treated as a hit-and-run incident.
No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.
A Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) spokesman said four fire tenders and three of the service's ambulances attended the scene.
Two fire tenders from Donnybrook, as well as one from both Tara Street and Dolphin's Barn, were on site.
A further two ambulances from the National Ambulance Service (NAS) also went to the scene.
Two senior emergency personnel - district officers from the DFB and NAS - also attended.
The street from Earlsfort Terrace onto Harcourt Road remained sealed off last night to facilitate an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.
The cordon was later extended towards the Harcourt Road as the technical examinations continued.
The silver Saab remained on its side, with debris spread across the roadway. This vehicle's front registration number, which came off during the incident, was placed against a wall at the side of the roadway.
One woman who works near the scene said: "I didn't see it happen but came across it after.
"There were ambulances everywhere, it looked really bad."