Blanchardstown car crash leaves three injured

by Sylvia Pownall
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Three people were injured in a car crash near Coolmine Railway Station

A 19-year-old university student is fighting for his life after a suspected hit-and-run driver ploughed into three pedestrians in Blanchardstown.

Gardai are investigating the incident near Coolmine Railway Station which left the teen in a critical condition in Connolly Hospital and a man, 54, seriously injured.

A female pedestrian also sustained injuries after the car reportedly mounted the footpath near the railway crossing during rush hour at around 9.30am on Tuesday.

The driver – who it’s believed was returning from the school run – failed to stay at the scene and fled.

The student was with a female relative on the daily commute to NUI Maynooth when he was struck from behind. His father reportedly rushed to the scene.

Gardai are now appealing for information.

During a follow-up operation, a man in his 30s was arrested a short time later in connection to the incident.

His car, a Seat with a 171-D registration, was recovered nearby at The Bell pub in Blanchardstown Village.

He was detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station for questioning.

The road leading up to the railway crossing was closed for a technical examination and local diversions were put in place.

Coolmine resident Kevin Donoghue said the extent of the incident was an awful thing to wake up to.

“I’ve never seen the likes of it before,” he said. “I’m living here more than 20 years and this is the first hit-and-run I’ve heard of around here.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station at 01 666 7000, or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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