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Nine GAA players injured after falling from lorry

The team were lauding their Junior B title victory over Avoca when the accident happened.

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By Aoife Moore, PA

Police are investigating after a number of footballers fell from a lorry while celebrating a cup final win.

Nine young Gaelic football players from Enniskerry GAA in Wicklow were injured in the accident on Saturday.

The team were lauding their Junior B title victory over Avoca when the accident happened.

A video, which has gone viral on social media, shows a number of players parading the trophy, jumping up and down and cheering on the stationary vehicle in front of a crowd, when the articulated lorry suddenly accelerates.

A number of players fell from the top on to the road below as the railings appear to give way.

It is understood up to nine people were injured and removed from the scene by ambulance to Tallaght and St Vincent’s Hospitals for treatment.

A statement from the club, released on Saturday night, said: “There is no critical or life threatening injuries after tonight’s accident nor was there any deaths.

“Some players have bad injuries but everyone will be fine.

“We’d appreciate if people could stop spreading false rumours and sharing videos. Thanks to all for your concern.”

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said that the incident occurred in Enniskerry Village at approximately 6.30pm and that inquiries are ongoing.

Wicklow TD Simon Harris tweeted:”Thinking of those injured in Enniskerry and their families tonight. Our entire community hopes and prays that everyone will be ok.”

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