Three elderly men have been seriously injured after they were struck by a stolen car that lost control while being pursued by gardaí.
One of the pensioners is understood to have lost a leg in the incident that happened at around 5.00pm this evening in the village of Parteen in the east of the county.
One man was arrested late last night but a second remains at large.
Gardaí had responded to a reported burglary at Doonass near Clonlara and it’s understood they gave chase after spotting a suspect car.
The speeding car failed to take a bend in Parteen and careered out of control into the carpark of the local pitch-and-putt club and collided with a parked vehicle.
It’s understood that the injured men were standing in the car park when they were struck by the car. Two male occupants of the car fled the scene on foot.
Three units of the fire brigade and three ambulances from Limerick City raced to the scene along with gardaí who quickly began a search of the local area.
Paramedics and a doctor treated the injured at the scene before they were rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The men are reported to have been seriously injured.
The road at the scene has been closed to traffic and Garda diversions are in place.
The office of the Garda Ombudsman has been informed and an inspector is expected to visit the scene.