THREE women cheated death after an unattended car ploughed into them while they walked along a footpath in a busy town centre.
A daughter was helping her mother into her wheelchair when they were both struck by a car that careered across Cathedral Street in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. The woman was knocked from her wheelchair and another daughter was also injured in the incident.
The women were named locally as Peggy Conran and her daughters Kathleen Conran and Anastasia Kavanagh. They are from nearby Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny.
It's understood the car rolled into the three women who were visiting the town after its owner forgot to put the handbrake on. It had picked up speed because it was parked on a slope.
However, gardai last night said they had not yet definitively established what caused the car to move and were continuing to interview witnesses.
A bar worker, who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident, said the car owner was in a shop when the incident happened.
"When she got back and her car wasn't there, she saw all the commotion and came over," the man said.
"Gardai and the ambulances were there and she asked what was going on. She was told the gardai were looking for the owner of the car and she said it was her. She got an awful fright when she was told it knocked down three women."
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the women were stabilised before being brought to Wexford General Hospital. Their injuries are not life threatening.
The car was removed for technical examination.