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'Stolen' car hits garda, crashes into packed bus


College Green void of traffic during the operation of busgate.  Photo: Gerry Mooney

College Green void of traffic during the operation of busgate. Photo: Gerry Mooney

College Green void of traffic during the operation of busgate. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A GARDA was hit by a suspected stolen car which then collided with a packed bus outside Trinity College.

The incident took place when the officer noticed the car travelling in the public transport corridor at College Green and signalled for it to pull over.

The vehicle failed to stop and instead hit the garda, who is in his early 30s, and crossed into another lane where it struck a bus.

The garda was knocked to the ground, injuring his hand and shoulder.

No one on the bus, which was on its way to the airport, was hurt. The drama unfolded at about 8.25am yesterday.

A garda spokesman told the Herald: "On College Street, a garda on traffic duty, while attempting to stop a car which was driving up the bus gate, received non-serious injuries."

The car, a grey BMW, should not have been there so the officer tried to pull it over.

"It did not stop and it struck the officer," the spokesman said.

"It then struck a bus and the driver of the car left the scene, making off on foot."

The car was abandoned at the scene and the suspect fled in the direction of Pearse Street.

A Dublin Bus spokeswoman confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved in an accident yesterday morning.

"There was an accident involving a route 16 bus and a car on College Street. Our bus was driving southbound and a car crossed into its lane and hit the front of the bus," she said.

"The passengers were transferred on to another route 16 bus and the damaged bus was taken back to the depot."

None of the passengers on board or the driver were injured, she added.

There was a build-up of peak-time traffic in the aftermath of the incident.

It emerged last month that hundreds of motorists were ignoring the restrictions on cars driving on to the street, prompting gardai to step up their presence.

Meanwhile, an 82-year-old woman fatally injured in a crash in Malahide was named as Jean Hannagen, of Glencarrig, Sutton.

The two-vehicle collision occurred on the Coast Road on Monday afternoon.

Mrs Hannagen's husband Norman was injured in the collision and was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was described as stable.

Two women, aged 22 and 59, who were in the other vehicle were also taken to hospital with non-serious injuries.

Investigating gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Swords garda station on 01 6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111.