Sunday 23 July 2017

Two people hospitalised after Luas collides with truck, traffic delays in Dublin

A truck has crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
A truck has crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Broken windows after a truck crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
A truck has crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Two people have been taken to hospital after a truck crashed into a Luas tram early this morning.

The incident happened at the Cheeverstown section of the track on the Red Line in the Tallaght area.

Six units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene when the alarm was raised sometime around 6am.

A spokesman said two people had been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure with possible spinal injuries.

Broken windows after a truck has crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
Broken windows after a truck has crashed into a Luas at the Katherine Tynan Road in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers

Gardai partially blocked the road so the emergency services could deal with the situation.

Early indications are the truck, a rigid body Scania refrigerated unit, was driving on the main R136 road in the direction of Tallaght when it collided with the Luas crossing its path alongside the Katherine Tynan Road.

The moving Luas tram then appears to have dragged the truck into a traffic island where the vehicle was wedged between the tram and a set of railings on the island.

The side of one team carriage sustained extensive damage as a result, and the driver's side of the truck was also badly damaged.

The Luas service between Saggart and Belgard was cancelled while the incident was ongoing.

A message on the Luas twitter account said the Red Line was operating from The Point to Tallaght but that no Saggart service was available. Tickets were valid on Dublin Bus.

AA Roadwatch said: "Following an incident involving a Luas and a truck, the Red Line is not running between Saggart and Belgard and will only operate between Tallaght and the Point.”

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