Tuesday 24 April 2018

Luas staff offered help after seeing woman die in crash

The number of people using public transport has increased by 21 percent (stock image)
The number of people using public transport has increased by 21 percent (stock image)
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The driver and staff of a Luas tram that hit a woman over the weekend are being offered help in dealing with the tragedy.

A woman in her 50s, who is understood to be from Dublin, died after she was hit by a tram on the Red Line in Rialto at around 12.30am on Saturday.

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

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the accident.

A spokesperson for Luas operator Transdev said normal procedure was being followed in the case, which includes an investigation by the Railway Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU).

Asked if the driver on duty had been given leave, she said the staff were being offered help.

An area of the road was sealed following the accident, to allow for the Garda investigation. A community representative called the safety of the service in the area into question.

"There are a number of pedestrian crossings on the linear park. At night 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."

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

In May, the family of Yao Webster (35), who was killed in a Luas accident, was awarded €548,000.

A Luas tram, which was travelling on the Red Line towards Tallaght, collided with a silver BMW car coming from the direction of the quays towards Parnell Street. The car had broken a red light.

After being hit by the tram, the car spun out of control and into Ms Webster, who was on the footpath outside the Leprechaun Museum.

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