Three people hospitalised after Garda van rolls into crowd


Three people were taken to hospital after a Garda van rolled into a crowd in Waterford over the weekend.

The Garda Press Office have confirmed the incident took place and the matter is now being investigated by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

According to reports in the Waterford Star, a Garda van was attending the scene of a public order incident on John Street in the city in the early hours of Sunday morning when it rolled down a hill, hitting a parked car and three members of the public.

The three were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life threatening.

In a statement released to the Sunday World, GSOC said: 'The matter was referred to GSOC under section 102(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides that “the Garda Commissioner shall refer to the Ombudsman Commission any matter that appears to the Garda Commissioner to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person.”

'It is understood that, while two gardaí were responding to a public order incident, their marked patrol van rolled into the crowd.

'Three people were taken to hospital and the incident was referred to GSOC by the Garda Síochána for independent investigation.

'None of the three people appear to have serious injuries at this point. An examination will be conducted to establish the facts.'