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Horror collision Gardai tried to stop car driving 'dangerously' just minutes before fatal N7 crash

Gardai are investigating if the three men in the car are from the Tallaght area

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Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

Gardai had attempted to stop a car that was driving in an "extremely dangerous" manner just minutes before it collided with a lorry on the N7, killing all three passengers.

The incident happened when a car travelling on the wrong side of the road collided with a truck at approximately 11.40pm last night on the northbound carriageway between Citywest and Baldonnell.

The three occupants of the car, who were all men, were killed when the car burst into flames upon impact with the lorry.

The driver of the lorry was taken to University Hospital Tallaght with serious injuries to his legs.

SundayWorld.com understands that just minutes before the horror collision, gardai had observed the BMW car that the three men were travelling in driving erratically in the Cheeverstown area of west Dublin.

Sources say that officers attempted to interact with the vehicle but it sped away and a short pursuit began.

However because of the “extremely dangerous nature” of how the car was driving, gardai stopped their chase and the garda helicopter was called in to monitor the activities of the BMW as it travelled southbound.

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Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car overnight which occurred on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photo: Damien Storan.

However less than ten minutes later, at 11.40pm and before the helicopter was in the air, the horrific head-on collision took place as the car drove the wrong way on the N7 near Rathcoole.

This resulted in the car bursting into flames when it collided head-on with the truck.

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Debris at the scene of a collision between a lorry and a car , which was driving in the wrong direction on the N7,  between baldonnel and City West. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Debris at the scene of a collision between a lorry and a car , which was driving in the wrong direction on the N7, between baldonnel and City West. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Debris at the scene of a collision between a lorry and a car , which was driving in the wrong direction on the N7, between baldonnel and City West. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The truck driver is understood to have suffered “very serious” injuries to his legs and is currently being treated at University Hospital Tallaght.

Gardai are investigating if the three men in the car are from the Tallaght area.

However no formal identity of the crash victims has taken place.

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As the car involved in this collision had come to the attention of Gardaí prior to the incident, An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have been notified.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Clondalkin Garda station on 01 6667600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The scene remained closed this morning to allow for forensic collision investigators to conduct an examination.

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