A female pedestrian in her mid-30s was killed in an accident involving a Luas and a car in Dublin city centre this morning.
The tragedy happened at 8.45am at the junction of Abbey Street and Jervis Street, beside the Jervis Shopping Centre.
The tram, which was travelling on the Red Line towards Tallaght was in collision with a silver BMW car that was driving from the direction of the quays and towards Parnell Street.
It is understood that immediately after being hit by the Luas, the car spun out of control and into the woman who was on the footpath outside the Leprechaun Museum.
The victim suffered catastrophic injuries in the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I heard the Luas ringing its bell as it approached the junction," said a cafe worker named Edina.
"Then I heard a bang, it sometimes happens but usually it is not serious, but this time I saw everybody getting off the tram and I knew it was bad then," she told the Herald.
"Then the ambulance came and covered the scene and moved people away. I could see her shoes on the path beside her."
After the crash the woman's body was covered by emergency crews from Dublin Fire Brigade and then cordoned off pending a preliminary inspection by a coroner.
Two units of Dublin Fire Brigade and two ambulances attended the scene at rush hour this morning.
The driver of the car, said to be a foreign national, was not believed to have been hurt in the crash.
The road was closed at the scene and Garda forensic collision investigators carried out an examination of the area, assessing the spread of wreckage and broken glass from the crash.
After an inspection by a coroner the woman's body was removed by the ambulance from the city morgue.
CCTV will form a central part of the garda investigation into the incident, which is also being investigated by Luas operators.
The Luas line was closed for a time between the Smithfield and Connolly stops.