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Sunday 20 April 2014

Second Luas incident in under two hours

THERE has been a second incident involving the Luas in Dublin.

A pedestrian was struck by a tram just before 11am at Benburb Street.



The pedestrian was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.



Earlier the city’s major thoroughfare O’Connell Street was closed in both directions for almost half an hour with gardai and emergency services at the scene after a tram and a car collided

The collision happened shortly after 10am at the junction with Abbey Street where the Luas red line crosses O’Connell Street.

The tram was heading from Tallaght in the direction of The Point at the time.

This intersection was previously the scene of a major collision involving a Luas tram and Dublin Bus in September 2009.

It is understood there were no serious injuries to passengers onboard the tram this morning.

Witnesses said that there were four people in the car, and they are also understood to have escaped serious injury.

Diversions were put in place but there were significant traffic delays as the scene was cleared.

However, the street was re-opened at 10.40am.

The Luas red line is currently operating between Tallaght and Smithfield, and tickets are valid for Dublin Bus.

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