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Gardai hurt as van rams them on M1

TWO gardai were cut from their patrol car after it was rammed by a van on the M1 motorway.

One of the officers remained in hospital overnight following the collision, which caused their car to spin a number of times.

Emergency services were called to the scene near junction 15 in Co Louth and removed the gardai from the vehicle using specialist equipment.

They were taken to hospital in Drogheda, where their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Gardai have branded the incident a "reckless act" which could have had much more serious consequences.

The suspect van, a UK-registered Ford Transit, was travelling at high speed on the northbound lane of the motorway, and was observed by the garda traffic unit.

The injured gardai, who are stationed in Blackrock, Co Louth, had responded to a call for assistance from traffic officers, a garda spokesman said.

BARRIER

When signalled to stop, the van rammed the patrol car, causing it to spin a number of times before it hit a barrier on the hard shoulder of the M1 near junction 15, south of Dundalk.

A garda spokesman said that the van "seemed determined not to stop".

"This was a deliberate reckless act that could have resulted in far more serious injuries," he added.

The incident happened at 8.45pm yesterday and the motorway was closed for two-and-a-half hours afterwards.

"Two officers were brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. One was discharged and one was kept overnight for observation.

"They were non-life threatening injuries. They were not serious," a spokesman said.

He said the van failed to remain at the scene of the incident and that investigations by gardai were ongoing.

No one has been arrested.

COMURPHY@HERALD.IE


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