Monday 18 November 2019

Rush-hour chaos after six hurt in Luas and lorry smash

The lorry and tram that crashed near Dublin’s Heuston Station during yesterday morning's rush hour
The lorry and tram that crashed near Dublin’s Heuston Station during yesterday morning's rush hour
A garda at the scene
A garda at the scene of the crash. Photo: Collins

Colm Kelpie

SIX people were taken to hospital yesterday after a morning rush-hour crash between a Luas tram and a skip lorry.

The collision, which caused chaos for commuters, happened at about 7.30am on the Red Line at the junction of Benburb Street and Temple Street West in Dublin's north inner city, close to Heuston Station.

The force knocked part of the badly-damaged tram off the tracks, while the lorry ended up on the footpath.

Akhlaq Ahmad, the assistant manager of the nearby Ashling Hotel, said he heard a loud bang and called the emergency services.

"I heard a noise like a building was collapsing," he said.

Travel between the Museum and Smithfield stops was affected for much of yesterday, including well into the evening rush hour.

Passengers had to walk along the quays to either the Four Courts or Heuston.

Injuries

The drivers of both the tram and the lorry were taken to the Mater Hospital, where the lorry driver's injuries were described as not life-threatening. He works for Advanced Environmental Solutions. Luas operator Veolia said its driver was seen as a precaution.

Six people in all were taken to the Mater, where four were quickly discharged while two received treatment.

Veolia said it could not give an estimate of the cost of the damage to the tram, which will be assessed at its Red Cow depot.

There will be no long-term disruption to services as a result of the crash, as trams being taken out of service is factored into the timetable.

Investigations have been launched by gardai and Veolia into the cause of yesterday's collision.

Irish Independent

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