Luas Crash Teen Fights For Life

As separate investigations into the cause continued today, a teenage girl is fighting for her life after this week's Luas/bus crash in Dublin.

Questions centre on how the double decker appeared to have had a green light when entering the junction before hitting the Luas tram.

Today, the 18-year-old girl is in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for head injuries sustained in the collision.

Preliminary investigations into the crash are understood to show the No 16 bus had a green light as it travelled down O'Connell Street, where the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon.

CCTV footage from a No 46 bus travelling behind the No 16 show the vehicle had a green light just before it was struck, it is believed.

However, the possibility that the incident was as a result of a light system error, and not as a result of driver error, is also being examined.

A spokeswoman for Veolia, which operates the Luas, said the company's investigation is underway and she would not be making any comment.

The critically injured young woman, believed to be from the Beaumont area of the city, had first been rushed to the city's Mater Hospital after being one of at least 24 passengers taken from the scene.

But after assessment she was transferred to Beaumont Hospital which specialises in head and brain injuries. The hospital this morning confirmed the girl was in a critical condition.

She is one of four people who remain in hospital following the incident.

Two of those — the driver of the Luas tram and a bus passenger — are being treated in St James's Hospital and the fourth is being treated in the Mater.

The driver of the tram had to be cut out of his cabin after the front of the Luas was crushed.

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