Saturday 23 September 2017

Woman killed after being struck by Luas tram in early hours

Luas stock image
Luas stock image

Cillian Sherlock

A woman has died after being struck by a Luas tram in the early hours of this morning.

The incident occurred on the red line in Rialto at around 12.30am.

The incident took place along St James Walk just past the Fatima Luas Stop city bound.

The area remains sealed off overnight to facilitate the garda investigation however has since re-opened.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have information is asked to contact Kilmainham Garda Station 01-666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

One local community representative has called the safety of the service into question, describing it as “very dangerous”.

“There are a number of pedestrian crossings on the linear park. At night time it’s very dark and it isn’t particularly well lit. If you don’t know the area you could easily ramble out accidentally,” said Damien Farrell of the New Children's Hospital Residents Forum.

He expressed sympathy and concern for the victim and her family, as well as the Luas and emergency services employees involved.

“We’d be used to the area but it is very dangerous. This has really brought it home for us because a lot of the residents would have grandchildren and you really have to keep an eye on them at that junction,” he said.

He said they will be raising the issue with the relevant authorities and seeking whatever funds are available to make the area safer.

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