Vehicle drives through crowds at blessing of the graves ceremony

Local councillor brands Dundalk blessing of the graves incident'absolutely appalling

Local councillor brands Dundalk blessing of the graves incident'absolutely appalling

A man was seriously injured when a vehicle drove at speed through a cemetery while thousands of people were attending an annual blessing of the graves service in Ireland.

The Irish police force said a pedestrian had been seriously injured while other people sustained minor injuries in an incident at Dowdallshill in Dundalk.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident. "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".

Police said the auto collided with parked vehicles on the road after leaving the cemetery and then stopped.

Fr Mark O'Hagan said he had heard screaming from where he was standing on the podium in the cemetery, and saw people running as the auto approached at speed.

"Never saw so many frightened people".

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There was a large number of young people, as well as the elderly, attending the annual religious service, which draws thousands each year to remember the dead, a local councillor said.

One eyewitness said people had to jump out of the path of the auto.

When the auto exited the cemetery, it collided with parked cars on the road before stopping, police said.

Gardai said: "A man in his late 20s, believed to the driver, was arrested at the scene".

He is now detained at Dundalk Garda station.

Investigating Gardaí at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to contact then at Dundalk Garda Station, we are particularly appealing for any person with video footage to contact the incident room.

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