Man trapped under 40ft lorry in city centre during rush hour
Up to 25 firefighters fought to save the life of a man when he became trapped under a 40ft articulated lorry in the centre of Dublin.
The collision, involving a pedestrian, happened on Merchant's Quay during rush hour yesterday morning.
Dublin Fire Brigade was called to the scene at 6.50am and two fire engines and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
Up to 25 firefighters took part in the rescue operation to try to lift the lorry off of the victim.
The man was then freed shortly after 7am and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Traffic on the south quays in the city came to a standstill during the rescue operation - with traffic flows seriously disrupted in the area.
The road remained closed for several hours to facilitate a forensic collision examination by gardaí and local diversions were put in place.
Traffic was particularly heavy yesterday morning as a three-hour train strike forced more commuters to bring their cars to work.
Meanwhile, major railway stations across the capital and country were eerily deserted during what would normally be the early-morning rush.
Many people said they were late for work because of the strike as they had hoped for a last-minute breakthrough in talks between the company and the unions. Another strike is set for Friday week.