Woman trapped on bus after Luas collision settles her case
A woman who was trapped on a bus when a Luas tram collided with it on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has settled her High Court action.
Frances Kelly (76), of Tolka Road, Ballybough, Dublin, was a passenger on the No 16 bus when the crash occurred at the junction of Middle Abbey Street and O’Connell Street on September 16th, 2009 injuring 21 people. Ms Kelly was trapped on the bus for about 30 minutes, and suffered multiple crush injuries, including fractures to her knee, wrist and nose.
Ms Kelly had sued Veolia Transport Ireland Ltd, operators of the Luas service, who had denied her claims, including claims of negligence and breach of duty.
When the case was called before Ms Justice Mary Irvine yesterday she was told the matter had been settled and could be struck out. It is understood Ms Kelly is to receive a six-figure sum.
She had claimed she was a downstairs passenger on the double-decker bus when the crash occurred. She further claimed she was left with facial scarring, and loss of power in both arms. She had difficulty opening bottles and turning taps.
A few weeks ago the driver of the Luas which crashed was acquitted of dangerous conduct at the Circuit Criminal Court.
Oriyomi Emmanuel (39) was told he was free to go after the judge ruled there were gaps in the evidence and it would be unsafe to allow the jury decide on the case.