Three men in their 70s have been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle that was being pursued by gardaí on the outskirts of Limerick City.

A Hyundai Accent car crashed into the men and two cars parked outside the pitch and putt course in Parteen, Co Clare shortly after 5pm.

One of those injured is believed to have lost a leg after being pinned underneath the Hyundai.

The two other victims, who suffered less serious injuries, have also been taken to University Hospital Limerick.

The three were returning to their cars from nearby Browne's pub when the car veered across the road and crashed into them as they were standing in the car park.

The two men travelling in the Hyundai are believed to have been involved in a number of burglaries in nearby Doonas, Clonlara, Co Clare.

They were being pursued by a garda patrol car at the time of the collision.

Both men fled the scene via the pitch and putt course, but one of them was apprehended a short time later.

Searches are continuing for the second man and gardaí are still trying to establish if the car they were driving was stolen.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station," said Supt Dan Keane.

Three ambulances, a HSE rapid response car carrying a doctor, and three units from Limerick City & County Fire Service were alerted to the crash site.

The scene was preserved as gardaí awaited the arrival of a representative of the Garda Ombudsman, which will oversee the investigation.

GSOC confirmed this evening that it was investigating the incident.

The east Clare village of Parteen is located about 1km from the Limerick border.