Two traffic gardai seriously injured responding to call
TWO traffic corps gardai were seriously injured this morning on their way to deal with a road accident.
The gardai, one in his late 30s and the other in early 40s, were involved in a collision on their motor-cycles with a Renault Fluence on Clarion Road, Sligo.
Both were taken with bone injuries to Sligo General Hospital.
There were no reports of injuries to the car passengers, a man, his wife, and two children aged about 10 and 12.
The family, who live in New York, were in Sligo for the Fleadh Ceoil and on their way into the town where one of the children was due to take part in a music contest.
The gardai were on their way from Sligo to assist at two-car accident outside Glencar, in the Manorhamilton Garda District.
Two females and one male were taken from that accident to Sligo general Hospital but their injuries were said not to be serious.
One garda motor-cycle was still embedded in the car 90 minutes after the Sligo accident at 10.05 a.m.
The other was lying 50 metres away.
An eye-witness said: “The gardai appeared to be so seriously injured that the ambulance crew attending them wouldn’t let them move on the roadway.”
A senior Garda spokesman in Sligo said the men, two very experienced members of the traffic corps, were on their way out of Sligo in the direction of Manorhamilton when the car-driver came out of a side road to head towards Sligo and went across the motor-cyclists.
The spokesman added: “The two gardai are quite seriously injured. Inquiries are at the very early stages and the car-driver is assisting with investigations.”