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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 20:00 GMT 21:00 UK
Woman dies in stolen bus rampage
Smashed car
Dozens of vehicles were smashed during the pursuit
A woman was killed and several people were injured when a stolen bus went on a five-mile rampage through Dublin.

Armed police fired shots at the driver as he smashed into several vehicles during a chase on a busy motorway.

Dozens of police, including a Garda helicopter and aircraft, pursued the coach for over an hour before it crashed in Rathcoole, west Dublin.

Gardai have arrested a man, believed to be from the Tallaght area of the city, and taken him to a Dublin hospital.

Traffic delays

The man, thought to be in late 20s or early 30s, received medical attention at St James Hospital in the south of the city.

Scene of the bus crash
A helicopter and an aircraft were involved in the chase

The 53-seat luxury Dualway private coach is believed to have been taken from a depot in Rathcoole earlier on Sunday.

An elderly woman who was in one of the cars struck by the coach was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Dozens of cars were damaged and 13 people, including four police officers, were also injured.

Huge traffic delays were caused and restrictions were put in place as police attempted to contain the damage.


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