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Cabbie can't explain Luas crash

THE number of road accidents involving Luas trams looks set to drop significantly for the second year running.

However, a tram was involved in a minor collision yesterday, the twelfth this year.

The figures suggest that the overall number of accidents involving vehicles and the Luas will be considerably down from the 23 in 2009 and 32 in 2008.

A section of the Luas line in the city centre came to a halt for around an hour yesterday after a taxi collided with a tram.

The crash occurred at Beresford Place, just a few hundred metres from Bus Aras, shortly after 11am.

Gardai are investigating but initial indications suggest the taxi missed a red light.

Asked what caused the accident, the taxi driver replied: "I don't know mate."

Although he was visibly shaken, he said he had not suffered any injuries. A spokesperson for Veolia Transport, which operates the Luas, said: "Luas has a very good safety record and the safety of Luas passengers and staff is the number one priority of Veolia Transport."

Commenting on the 12 road traffic incidents this year, she said they have to be considered in the context of the 1.7 million kilometres that Luas trams have travelled during 2010.





Delays

There are 70,000 passenger journeys made daily on the Luas Red & Green Lines. Last year 25.4 million people travelled on Luas.

Yesterday's accident occurred on the Luas Red Line to Tallaght. There were also minor traffic delays leading on to Gardiner Street from the quays but otherwise the crash did not cause any significant disruption.

kdoyle@herald.ie