Crash horror in Dublin as tram collides with bus
Five separate investigations are under way following a horrific crash between a bus and tram in Dublin yesterday that left two dozen people injured, three of them seriously, when a packed LUAS tram derailed after hitting a city bus.
Three people — including the tram driver — were in a serious but stable condition in hospital last night while 24 were treated for injuries at the Mater, Beaumont and St James's hospitals after the collision between a double-decker Dublin Bus and a Red Line tram at the intersection of Abbey Street and O'Connell Street, shortly before 3pm yesterday.
It is understood that one of the injured was standing in the middle of O'Connell Street waiting to cross the road in front of Eason's bookshop when he was knocked down by the bus.
The LUAS driver was among three people trapped inside the vehicles. He was rushed to hospital on a stretcher after being cut out of his cabin by emergency services along with two bus passengers who were wedged for more than an hour on the first floor of the bus near the stairwell.
A number of tram passengers were also initially trapped inside following the collision when the doors failed to open.
Colm Meegan, a paramedic, said many of the injured suffered fractures and soft tissue injuries due to the impact of the collision.
Miraculously no one was killed in the incident that shocked hundreds of passers-by on busy O'Connell Street, and left debris scattered over the thoroughfare.