Monday 11 December 2017

Rush-hour pedestrian (52) killed after being struck by truck

Gardaí investigate after a man was hit by a truck at the junction of Emmet Road and the SCR at Kilmainham. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí investigate after a man was hit by a truck at the junction of Emmet Road and the SCR at Kilmainham. Photo: Arthur Carron
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A 52-year-old man died after being struck by a truck during rush-hour traffic in the capital.

The incident occurred on Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, at around 6pm yesterday.

The pedestrian was treated by emergency services at the scene and taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Medical equipment, a screen and blood stains were clearly visible at the site of the incident, which was beside a pedestrian crossing.

Shocked bystanders spoke of the aftermath of the collision during rush hour.

"There was a man lying on the ground," one man told the Irish Independent.

"I could see that he was pouring with blood. There was a woman beside him screaming."

"The emergency services came quickly. He seemed to be alive for a few minutes before passing away," the witness said.

Another woman, who was in a local café, said she heard the screams.

"I didn't hear the sound of a crash or anything like that. I just looked out and could see him on the ground," she said.

A cyclist said he had passed the scene while emergency service personnel were working on the man.

"It looked very bad," he said.

Garda Forensic Collision Investigators were called to the scene last night and traffic diversions were put in place.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact Kilmainham garda station on 01-666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

There have been 77 people killed on the roads this year, 11 fewer compared to this date last year.

Worryingly, 10 cyclists have lost their lives to date on the roads compared to four over the same period last year. Gardaí say there is a spike in pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist casualties over the summer.

Irish Independent

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