Friday 28 October 2016

Driver injured as car with family-of-four collides with Luas tram in city centre


a family-of-four preparing for their daughter's First Holy Communion today have been involved in a collision with a Luas tram.

Dublin Fire Brigade had to cut the driver out of the car and place him on a spinal board as a precautionary measure before he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

The female passenger and two young girls were not taken to hospital following the incident, which occurred yesterday at 11:40am on the Red Line route at the junction of Benburb Street and Queen Street.

The force of the collision knocked the car, which had been travelling southbound on Queen Street, sideways on Benburb Street.

An eyewitness from McGettigan's bar, beside the scene of the collision, said he heard the incident occur and rushed out to the aid of the car's occupants.

"We heard the bang, it was like an explosion," Eugene Cullen said. "I've done first aid, so I approached the car. I asked the driver if he was okay, but he was in shock."

Mr Cullen carried out first aid procedures, including checking for bleeding or broken bones.

He described the adult female passenger as "shaking but talkative and the children were crying".

"One of the girls told me she was making her Communion today. It's lucky they were all strapped in, that's the key thing," Mr Cullen said.

The car suffered extensive damage to its roof, back and driver door.

Passengers on the Luas were unhurt and the driver was also unharmed. Three fire engines and an ambulance were called to the scene.


Services on the Red Line were disrupted for an hour after the collision. Traffic in the area was diverted on to Hendrick Street.

A spokeswoman for Veolia Transport, the company which operates the Luas, told the Herald it was investigating a collision inbound to Dublin city centre involving a tram and a car.

"Accountability has not been immediately determined and will be forming part of our investigation," she added.

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