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Investigations launched as Dublin bus & tram collide

A tram driver and two female passengers were seriously injured and had to be cut from wreckage after a tram collided with a bus in central Dublin at around 3pm wednesday.

At least 21 people have been taken to hospital for treatment. The extent of injuries to other passengers are not known but a number were described as walking wounded.

One eyewitness in Dublin said the two female bus passengers were trapped in the bus for up to 45 minutes after the crash.

The Mater Hospital in Dublin said 21 people had been brought to its emergency department by ambulances from several hospitals.

Other people with minor injuries were treated at the scene by emergency service personnel.

The accident happened on the junction of O'Connell Street and Abbey Street. It is understood a double decker Dublin Bus collided with a Luas tram on the northbound side of the road.

The tram was derailed and the front part rammed into the side of the bus. Gardai and emergency services were at the scene. 

The accident caused severe traffic in the city centre and Luas red line services into the city were also disrupted.

A spokeswoman for Luas tram operator Veolia confirmed several Luas and bus passengers, including the Luas driver, had been injured in the crash. She said three people had been seriously hurt in the crash.





She said the company had begun an investigation into the incident but it was too early to give more precise details into the circumstance behind the collision.

Dublin Bus has launched its own investigation into the accident.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213965/At-16-injured-bus-tram-collide.html#ixzz0RStWGPS2


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