Gardai in hospital after collision

Mike Dwane


Mike Dwane

The Garda Ombudsman is to investigate a collision in Limerick city centre this Friday morning which has left two off-duty gardai in hospital.

The two female members of the force had just finished working the night shift and were travelling home in a silver Volswagen Golf when the accident occurred at the junction of Mallow Street and Catherine Street at around 7am. They were rushed to the Mid-Western Hospital and their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The male driver of a Renualt Laguna and a female passenger were also being assessed in hospital this Friday morning. Again, they are not believed to have been seriously injured.

The Renault spun on impact, crashed through the railing of a Georgian building and ended up on its nose in the basement.

Families of the injured parties have been informed as the Ombudsman commences an investigation into the crash, which caused significant traffic disruption for people arriving in the city centre for work this Friday.

“As is standard procedure in cases where members of An Garda Siochana, whether on duty or off-duty, are involved in a road traffic collision, the matter has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman and will be investigated,” a spokesman at Henry Street garda station said.

Three units of the Limerick City Fire Service spent an hour and a half at the scene.