STAFF at a burger bar in Limerick City got a big shock when they arrived for work this morning and saw the front of the building badly damaged after a car crashed through steel bollards and into the front of the premises.
One man was hospitalised after a two car collision outside the Locke Burger at the junction of Bridge Street and George’s Quay, which is adjacent to its famous sister pub the Locke Bar.
The collision occurred shortly before 11pm, about an hour and half after the premises had closed for the night.
Gardaí, paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene and one of the drivers was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick with injuries.
Locke Bar assistant manager Aaron O’Dwyer said: “I was phoned about it last night. It was a big shock.
“We have the front door boarded up but we have a side door we are operating from for the next few days, so we are still open for business.”
A passer-by at the scene remarked that “it was lucky the place was closed at the time”.
Gardai are investigating the circumstances which led to the collision.
“Gardaí attended a two-car road traffic collision on Bridge Street, on Tuesday, March 15 at approximately 22.43. A man in his 20s was taken to University Hospital Limerick where he is being treated for his injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening,” a Garda spokesman said.
The scene was cordoned off Wednesday and workmen surveyed the damage to the front of the building.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone Garda Station on 061-456980.