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Teen held after five injured in pavement collision

Male (17) arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

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Several people have been hospitalised after a car mounted a footpath and struck a number of pedestrians.

At least five people were injured when they were hit by the car on a busy midlands street in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A 17-year-old teenager was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in relation to the serious collision in Birr, Co Offaly, shortly after midnight.

The incident happened at around 12.20am when a car collided with a group of people on O’Connell Street in Birr.

Footage capturing the immediate aftermath of the incident showed bystanders desperately trying to free a young man who was trapped underneath the car.

The video, circulated on social media, also showed at least four other people lying on the ground injured.

The group attempting to lift the front of the car can be heard saying “come on, lads” as the man trapped can be heard crying out in pain.

A number of other bystanders can also be seen putting their hands to their heads in disbelief as others go to the aid of the injured.

Footage also shows the windscreen of the car had been smashed.

Emergency services, including several ambulances, were alerted to the incident.

The injured pedestrians were all taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, Co Offaly, with injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.

When gardaí arrived at the scene, the teenage driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

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The 17-year-old was taken to Birr garda station where a blood sample was taken. He was later released from custody pending further investigations.

The scene at O’Connell Street remained sealed off yesterday pending a technical examination. The car was removed yesterday but the street was preserved to allow for collision investigators to examine the site.

A Garda spokesman said they were appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them. “Any road users or pedestrians who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were in the Emmet Square or O’Connell Street areas of Birr between 12.15am and 12.20am are asked to make this footage available to investigating gardaí,” a spokesman said.


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