Seven hurt as car crashes outside church in Dublin
A man has described how a group of people became trapped under a car following a crash in the grounds of a Catholic church in Dublin.
Seven people were injured, including two critically, after the vehicle collided with pedestrians.
Gardai said the driver of the car fell ill and struck the group at 10.20am today.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of the Church of Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin, west Dublin, where mourners had gathered for a funeral.
Witness and mourner Larry Mooney said that other people jumped out of the way to avoid the collision.
Mr Mooney, from Blackrock in south Dublin, said: “There was about 200 people standing around waiting for the hearse to arrive when there was a rumble of noise, it sounded like the church was collapsing, the sound was unbelievable and then we saw people rushing back.
“It was only about 20 feet away from me – it was packed with people – and then we discovered it was a car and people were underneath it. I believe there was about eight people injured.
“Some people were very seriously injured.
“People were trying to lift the car, but it was jammed against the wall.
“The emergency services were there reasonably quickly.
“It was an awful shock, you wouldn’t expect it at a funeral. People were all standing around outside the church when it happened.”
In a statement, gardai said: ‘Gardai and emergency services are at the scene of a collision at a church in Clondalkin Village, Dublin, at approximately 10.20am.
‘It’s understood the driver of a car fell ill and struck a number of pedestrians on the grounds of a church.
‘One person has been taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Two have been taken to James St Hospital and one taken to Tallaght Hospital.’
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Archdiocese of Dublin said: ‘The priests and staff of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin wish to express their sympathies to those people injured in an accident on the grounds of the Church this morning. They are keeping all involved in their prayers at this difficult time.
‘Parish staff worked closely with emergency services in the aftermath of the incident to assist where they could. A funeral due to take place in the Parish Church this morning has been rearranged for this afternoon.
‘The parish would respectfully request that media not contact the parish office. Gardai are actively investigating the incident and it is not possible to make further comment while their inquiries continue.’
Picture: An ambulance in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin, south Dublin, two people were left critically ill in hospital after a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians at the church. (Niall Carson/PA).Tags: Church, crash, dublin, funeral