Three male pedestrians hit by stolen car in high-speed chase
Gardaí are searching for two young men after three elderly pedestrians were knocked down by a stolen car which was being pursued by gardaí in Parteen, Co Clare.
It's understood the three injured men, believed to be in their 70s, were standing in the car park of the local pitch n put club, opposite Browne's Pub, when the stolen car lost control and collided with them.
Another stationary car, parked at the clubhouse, was damaged in the collision which happened shortly after 5pm.
It's believed the two male occupants of the stolen car fled immediately afterwards via fields nearby.
The three pedestrians were rushed to University Hospital Limerick. It is believed that one of them has lost a leg.
Gardai are carrying out a search of the area for the two men.
The road at the scene has been closed to traffic and Garda diversions are in place.
Three ambulances, a HSE rapid response car carrying a doctor, and three tenders from Limerick City & County Fire Service were alerted to the crash site.
The office of the Garda Ombudsman -- which probes incidents involving gardaí and the public -- is currently carrying out its own independent investigation in line with standard policy.
GSOC confirmed to independent.ie that it received the referral.
GSOC are seeking witnesses of the pursuit and subsequent collision.
"Anyone with information that may be of assistance to the investigation is asked to contact GSOC at 1890 600 800," a statement from GSOC said.
The incident was referred to the Garda Ombudsman for independent investigation in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act.
The South East Clare village is located about one kilometre from the Limerick border and within sight of the Ardnacrusha hydro-electric power station.