A YOUNG girl has died in a horrific collision between a car and a Dublin bus.
The 16-year-old – named as Stacey Masterson – was a passenger in the car which collided with the bus on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght.
The accident happened just after 5pm yesterday and emergency services, including three ambulances, rushed to the scene.
Ms Masterson, of Kilmartin Green in Tallaght, was brought to Tallaght Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. A 19-year-old man, who is understood to have been driving the car, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Stacey's uncle John Masterson said today the family was "devastated" by her loss.
"She was too young. The good die young," he told the Herald.
Stacey and her older sister Leslie grew up in Kilmartin Green, Tallaght with their parents Philip and Ann.
"Stacey's great love was for horses. She kept a horse in stables and would go horseriding every weekend," John said.
"Her father Philip was a jockey and he taught them how to ride. He is absolutely devastated and Ann is also extremely upset," John added.
Dublin Bus has launched a full investigation.
"There was an incident involving the 27 bus which operates from Clarehall to Jobstown," a spokeswoman told the Herald.
"The driver was treated for shock in hospital and she has been released. The bus was carrying seven passengers.
"We will be examining CCTV footage as part of our investigation," the spokeswoman said.
The crash occured on the Greenhills Road between the Walkinstown roundabout and the Ballymount Junction near the Lidl supermarket.
Firemen had to cut the roof from the 2002 BMW in which the victim was travelling.
Debris was strewn across the road where it had collided with the double decker bus. The car came to rest in a ditch on the opposite side of the road.
A 50-year-old woman living near the accident scene told the Herald: " It's a dreadful tragedy about that young girl.
"It's not the first fatality along that road. It's notorious."
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 01-6666200 or 1800-666-111
Meanwhile, another young motorist died in Co Cavan in the early hours of this morning.
The man in his early 20s died and two men are in a serious condition in hospital following an overnight traffic collision.
The two car smash occurred at Stradone. Gardai are carrying out a forensic investigation and the road remains closed.