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Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Thank God no one was hurt' - crane crash shuts down Luas

Workers carry out repairs to Luas overhead lines as gardai redirect traffic on the Belgard road junction
Workers carry out repairs to Luas overhead lines as gardai redirect traffic on the Belgard road junction

Luas commuters had a lucky escape yesterday after a truck hit the tramline's high-voltage cables, causing deadly wires to hang above a busy street.

At around 11am yesterday, near the Cookstown stop in Tallaght, a truck with a crane mounted on it turned onto Belgard Road and accidentally hit the electric cables above.

An oncoming tram came to a screeching halt as numerous overhead cables were ripped out of position, sending sparks flying onto the road.

Luas operator Transdev immediately shut down its service between the Red Cow, Tallaght and Saggart, causing massive delays for hundreds of Dubliners.

Gardai soon arrived at the scene and diverted traffic away from the hanging wires, leading to heavy congestion in the area.

Repair

Council workers were then called to begin the lengthy repair, which they said could take until the early hours of this morning.

One council worker told the Herald that a similar incident happened less than a year ago.

"I can't believe this has happened again," he said.

"The crane on the truck was raised too high and crashed right into the power lines. Thank God no one was hurt."

At the Red Cow depot, Transdev provided numerous buses for stranded passengers.

An Post worker John Canny, from Tallaght, told the Herald that he hopes the repairs are done before his next shift.

"I'm on my way back from work now and am very glad that this didn't happen during rush hour," he said.

"I just hope that they repair the power lines by tomorrow morning because the Luas is my only way to work."

Anne Ryan, from Kilnamanagh, said she had to walk from Kingswood to the Red Cow yesterday morning.

"It wasn't too much of a walk, but it was still very inconvenient," she said.

"It's 2pm now and I'm surprised they haven't fixed it yet, but I'm sure they're doing their best."

Transdev apologised in a statement for any inconvenience caused.

Fiona O'Sullivan, from Templemore, said: "I would use the Luas about five times a month and I honestly think the company deserve a lot of credit, they provided buses for everyone affected."

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