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Death probe as man (35) hit by rush-hour Luas

LUAS officials have begun an internal investigation following a fatal accident in Dublin's city centre.

A Polish national (35) was killed after being hit by a city centre Luas tram in rush-hour traffic near St Patrick's Hospital on Steeven's Lane, near Heuston Station, yesterday.

Gardai have conducted a forensic examination of the scene and a rail accident investigation team has also attended.

And representatives from the Luas, operated by Veolia, will continue to interview the driver and passengers on the tram at the time of the incident.

Gardai said that they were in the process of securing CCTV footage in the area to identify the cause of the 4.20pm accident.

"There will be a full internal investigation into the incident," a representative for Veolia said. "There will also be an external investigation."

The consular section of the Polish Embassy has been informed of the accident and was taking steps to make contact with the man's relatives.

There was widespread travel disruption yesterday evening as all Luas services on the Red Line between Blackhorse and the city centre were suspended.

Later in the evening, Luas services between Heuston and the Point were reinstated and Steeven's Lane was reopened at 7.50pm.

Veolia representatives said that there would be no delays to services in the area.

Yesterday's tragic death is the second fatal accident involving a tram since operations first began in 2004.

In February 2008, Anthony Creed (59), from Bawnlea Close, Tallaght died in hospital after being struck by a Luas tram near Tallaght. The former builder was killed as he returned from Tallaght A&E.