Two children in hospital after Kildare crash injures six

A two-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl are among those injured in a crash between two cars near Monasterevin in Co Kildare at around midday. All six people in the crash are still in hospital. It is understood a car, which was seen in the vicinity of recent burglaries in the area, was seen driving dangerously shortly before the crash. Gardaí had been attempting to locate the car prior to the crash. The collision happened shortly after midday at Ballagh on the Monasterevin to Portarlington Road. It is understood at least one of the men has been seriously injured, and was being treated at Tallaght Hospital but has been transferred to Beaumont Hospital. The others are said to be in Tullamore Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. Local residents who were at the scene shortly after the crash say emergency services were present and a helicopter was being used to airlift at least one of the injured to hospital. The incident was referred to GSOC due to the fact that a Garda car had been following one of the cars which crashed. A spokesperson for GSOC said its investigators were on their way to the scene. The spokesperson said it appeared that the Garda car was some distance behind the car which was involved in the collision when the crash happened. The spokesperson said the incident was referred to GSOC in case there may be any need for an independent investigation.

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