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Sunday 20 April 2014

Probe begins into death of man struck by Luas

AN investigation has been launched into a death of a man who was struck by a Luas tram over the weekend.

Anthony Creed, from Bawnlea Close, Tallaght, is the first person to die as a result of an accident involving the Light Rail Transit system since it began operating in 2004.

He was struck by a tram at 7.40pm on Saturday at Cookstown Way, which is between the hospital stop and the Tallaght stop on the red Connolly to Tallaght Luas line.

Mr Creed, believed to be in his late 50s, was taken to Tallaght Hospital suffering from serious head injuries.

He died in hospital on Sunday morning. Veolia Transport, the company which operates the Luas, last night confirmed it has begun an investigation into the fatal accident.

A spokeswoman for the company said the investigation could take a number of weeks and that Veolia would work with other agencies, including the Railway Safety Agency, in establishing the background to the incident.

The internal investigation will be separate from a garda investigation into the incident.

Fianna Fail Tallaght TD Charlie O'Connor said last night that he was deeply shocked at the accident and extended his sympathy to the family.

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