Friday 24 November 2017

Witnesses sought to horror LUAS crash that left woman fighting for her life

Brendan Farrelly and Luke Byrne

GARDAI today appealed for witnesses to the horror collision which saw a woman critically injured by a LUAS tram in Dublin last night.

The incident happened at the Black Horse LUAS stop close to the junction of Naas Road and Davitt Road in Inchicore, and Gardai are seeking to speak to anyone who was travelling on the LUAS line or in the vicinity of the Black Horse stop yesterday evening between 7.45pm and 8.15pm.

The woman was today fighting for her life with critical injuries at St James’s Hospital.

It is understood the tram was pulling into the stop at the time of the collision.

The woman, in her 30s, who had been standing on the platform, went under the front of the train and suffered serious multiple injuries, including injuries to her head and chest.

A Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance, fire engine and emergency tender were dispatched to the scene.

Paramedics tended to the badly injured woman at the scene as the task of taking her from under the tram got under way. They quickly managed to free her.

The ambulance crew, which was on standby, worked on the injured woman as it sped towards St James's Hospital. Gardai were last night trying to establish exactly what happened.

All stops are covered by CCTV. The tram was taped off for forensic examination and gardai took pictures at the scene.

The tram was heading from Tallaght to the Point when the incident happened. No other passengers were injured.

The LUAS operator will also carry out its own investigation into the incident.

The Red Line service later ran from Tallaght to the Red Cow stop and from Heuston to the Point stop.

Witnesses are asked to contact gardai at Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01.6666600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

Irish Independent

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