A man has died after he crashed his car into a police car in the Republic of Ireland, the country’s police commissioner has said.
An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the crash that happened early on Friday morning.
The man was driving a Mercedes SUV at a high speed in the city of Ballycarrack, Co Wicklow, when he hit a police officer, the Irish Independent reported.
“There are currently four police officers injured, two of whom are in serious condition,” said the commissioner, Pat Larkin.
In a statement, Mr Larkin said: “My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who were injured and the officers involved.
We have launched an internal investigation and will provide a full statement once the investigation has been completed.”
He said police were looking into the driver’s actions and the nature of the collision.
He said officers from the Garda Siochana and the Regional Crime Unit were at the scene.
“As a matter of urgency, we are making every effort to establish the circumstances that led to this tragic collision,” he said.
The officer, who was not identified, is in a stable condition in hospital.
Mr Larkin added that it was unclear why the driver crashed.
No charges have been laid, and the officer’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.