Several injured after driver 'deliberately' rams into crowds at graveyard
Several people have been left injured, with one in a critical condition, after a car collided with crowds at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland.
Police say they are investigating the incident which occurred at 4pm on Sunday at Dowdallshill, in Dundalk Co Louth.
A spokesperson said a man aged in his 20s, who is believed to be the driver, was arrested at the scene.
He said: ‘Gardaí and emergency services attended an incident at St. Patricks Cemetery, at approximately 3.40pm this afternoon.
‘It is understood from initial investigations, that a dark coloured car drove at a number of persons in the cemetery who were attending the annual blessing of the graves event.
‘One man was seriously injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, a small number of people received superficial injuries.’
A shocking video captured at the scene appears to show the car ploughing towards the group at high speed.
Several hundreds of people are thought to have been present, with many attending along with children.
Witnesses claim the car drove into the cemetery and accelerated towards the main stage where it collided with the crowd before speeding off.
Simon Conroy said children were in tears after the ‘very frightening’ collision.
He told The Irish Times: ‘There were a lot of children crying, it was frightening. In the moments afterwards there was a lot of confusion.’
Parish priest Fr Mark O’Hagan said: ‘I could hear this screaming and shouting. And there was a lot of people running and a lot of people screaming.’
He added: ‘I tried to wave at him to try and slow him down or stop him.
‘He sped on straight through the people again. It was terrifying.’
Twitter user @Simonc46176551 shared footage from the scene at St Patrick’s cemetery in Co Louth.
‘Incident in graveyard in Dundalk – car rammed people,’ they tweeted.
Their footage was taken from a distance, with one clip showing an ambulance surrounded by onlookers and in the second a voice on a Tannoy can be heard asking people to move away from the road.
Sinn Fein councillor Ruairi O Murchu, who was not at the event but spoke to some people who were, said: ‘They were utterly shocked. People are angry. There had been a huge amount of young kids there at the time.
‘People who were very close to where the car sped through were jumping aside.’
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