Tragedy on tracks as woman killed after being hit by Luas
A Dublin community is in mourning after a well-known pensioner died when she was struck by a Luas tram yesterday.
The woman, named locally as Patricia Quinn (73), died following the accident in Tallaght, which happened at around 10am.
A garda investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash is under way, but at this stage it is being treated as a tragic accident.
The incident happened between the Cookstown and Tallaght Hospital stops.
Ms Quinn, a mother of five adult children, was crossing at the pedestrian lights on Cookstown Way when she was hit by the tram.
Emergency services were alerted, but the pensioner was pronounced dead at the scene.
The roadway and Luas services along the section of track were closed for some time as gardai dealt with the incident.
Ms Quinn lived in the nearby Belgard Heights estate with her husband. She was described yesterday by locals as a keen runner who was heavily involved in the community.
"Patricia would have been well-known in the local area," one woman who lives in the quiet road told the Herald.
"She would be known for walking and jogging, and also collected money for the local church.
"People are only finding out about what happened now and really struggling to come to terms with it."
Members of Ms Quinn's family gathered yesterday evening at her home to comfort one another in the wake of the tragedy.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Charlie O'Connor, who knows the Quinn family, said the community was filled with shock as news spread yesterday.
"I know them well and the community is shocked. The news has just spread through the area so quickly," said Mr O'Connor.
"It is very tragic, and my sympathies go to the family and the community.
"The Quinns are a well-known and well-respected couple within the community."
Gardai based at Tallaght were last night continuing their investigation into the incident and have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.
"At this stage all the indications are that this was a tragic accident, but investigations are ongoing," a source said.
"Gardai will be interviewing people who witnessed what happened.
"They also wish to speak to people who may have been in the area or were passing through with dash-cam footage who have not yet come forward."
Officers could be seen yesterday afternoon inspecting the area between the tram, which remained at the scene, and the pedestrian crossing where Ms Quinn had been walking, in a bid to establish the cause of the accident.
Luas maintenance crews and an emergency response unit from the company also attended the scene.
The Luas track and Cookstown Way reopened shortly before 4pm.
A spokeswoman for Luas said that as there was an ongoing investigation, it would not be commenting further.
Earlier, the company said in a post on Twitter: "Red Line services are suspended between Belgard-Tallaght.
"Luas tickets valid on @dublinbusnews and alternative bus serving all affected stops."
In a statement, gardai said: "A woman was fatally injured when she was struck by a tram.
"Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses who were on the tram at the time, witnesses who were on Cookstown Way or any motorist who may have dash cam footage, to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 6666000 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.