Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Scariest experience of my life' - Man arrested and woman injured 'after emergency brake pulled' on Luas Red Line

Luas stock image
Luas stock image

Catherine Devine and Cathal McMahon

A man has been arrested by gardai after reportedly pulling the emergency brake on the Luas Red Line at Goldenbridge, Dublin 8.

Gardai confirmed that a man was arrested for a public order offence at approximately 8:45 this morning.

The arrested man was taken to Sundrive Garda Station where he is currently detained.

It's understood a woman sustained minor injuries when the tram halted suddenly and was treated by emergency services at the scene.

The incident caused long delays for commuters along the Red Line.

An eye-witness to the incident on the Luas this morning has described it as the "scariest experience of my life".

She explained that she was standing beside the man when he allegedly pulled the emergency brake chord.

She said the man was "roaring absolute crazy things".

"I didn't know what he was going to do. He pushed people out of the way and roared, 'I have to do what I have to do' and pulled the emergency button."

She said the tram "jerked so hard that at least three people are injured".

Ambulances and gardaí were called to the incident.

Writing from the scene at the junction of Davitt Road and Goldenbridge the witness said the suspect waited at the scene and "even tried to get on the other Luas". "Now he's after getting back on the stalled Luas... I genuinely got the fright of my life."

Gardaí have arrested the suspect for a public order incident and he is detained under section four of the Criminal Justice act.

He can be questioned for up to 24 hours at Sundrive Road Garda station.

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