Saturday 25 March 2017

Luas driver faces two new charges over bus collision

Tom Tuite

A LUAS tram driver charged over a collision with a double decker bus was yesterday hit with two new charges.

Oriyomi Emmanuel (37), of Jamestown Park, Ratoath, Co Meath, had been charged in June at Dublin District Court with the dangerous driving of a Luas tram in a manner including speed, which was dangerous to the public and caused serious bodily harm to a woman named Suzanne Cribbon, on September 16, 2009.

He was also charged under the Railway Safety Act with performing a "safety critical task" in a way which was dangerous to the public, or posed an unreasonable risk of harm to them.

Yesterday he was also charged with two additional counts of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to two passengers on the bus.

The collision between the Luas Red Line tram and a number 16 Dublin Bus took place at the junction of Middle Abbey Street and Lower O'Connell Street in Dublin. The Luas was derailed in the crash.

More than 20 people were injured in the incident.

Mr Emmanuel had been remanded on bail to appear again yesterday pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Garda Sergeant Brian Cullen told Ms Justice Catherine Murphy that the defendant made no reply when he was charged with two additional counts of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Francis Kelly and Valerie Phelan, who were passengers on the bus.

The judge made an order sending the case forward for trial to the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Irish Independent

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