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Man hospitalised after Luas lunch-time horror

A man has been hospitalised after he was involved in an accident with a Luas tram.

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident at lunch time yesterday on the Red Line between The Four Courts and Smithfield stops. The pedestrian had to be removed by stretcher.

A spokeswoman for the Luas told the Herald that "a tram and pedestrian came in contact with each other".

Injuries

The man was taken to St James's Hospital and Dublin Fire Brigade, who attended the accident, said his injuries were "not serious".

A Garda spokesman confirmed that the most significant injury the man had sustained was to his arm.

One witness said it appeared as if the man was caught under the tram. "His head was under the tram - but not at the wheel - under the bumper, and there was blood," he told the Herald.

The accident occurred at approximately 1.15pm, according to the Luas spokeswoman and the line began running as normal about an hour later.

The driver's windscreen was smashed on the right-hand side of the carriage

A number of garda cars, ambulances and fire brigades all attended the scene which was then sealed off to allow them to tend to the injured man.

The crash follows the death of Yao Webster (35) from Donabate, Co Dublin, who was killed last April when she was struck by a car which had collided with a tram.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. This incident also happened on the Luas Red Line in the city centre.

There have been three other fatalities involving the Luas since it began operating in 2004.

jfegan@herald.ie


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