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Co Wicklow GAA players in horror fall as they celebrate cup win

Players celebrate on the lorry before the accident

GARDAÍ are investigating after a number of young GAA players fell from a lorry while celebrating a cup final win in Co Wicklow.

Nine players from Enniskerry GAA were injured in the accident which took place around 6.30pm on Saturday.

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

A video capturing the accident, which was posted on social media, shows a number of players jumping up and down and cheering on the stationary vehicle, when the articulated lorry suddenly accelerates.

A number of players plunge to the ground as a barrier appears 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 garda spokesperson said inquiries are ongoing and that the players' injuries "are not thought to be life threatening".

Yesterday, RTÉ News reported that three of the injured men were allowed home from hospital on Saturday night, while three others were due to be discharged yesterday.

A further three are expected to be kept in for a few more days for observation.

It is understood one of the men had to undergo surgery for an injury to his arm.

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