A Luas operator on trial for crashing a tram into a Dublin Bus has been acquitted of unsafe driving by direction of the judge.
Oriyomi Emmanuel, 39, of Jamestown Park, Ratoath, Meath broke the signal lights at the junction of Middle Abbey Street and O’Connell Street on September 16, 2009.
Emmanuel walked free from court after the jury at his trial was directed to find him not guilty because of a discrepancy between two pieces of evidence.
Emmanuel cried and blessed himself in court but made no comment following his acquittal this afternoon on a charge of unsafe operation of a tram.
He was cleared by Judge Mary Ellen Ring due to contradictory evidence as to how close the tram was to the signal light when it stopped at the junction of Abbey Street and O’Connell Street.
Convinced the signal was in his favour, Mr Emmanuel broke the light, and crashed the tram into the side of a northbound Dublin bus.
The judge said his actions did not appear to be reckless or inappropriate which meant evidence relating to the tram’s position at the lights was of central importance.
Yesterday, the bus driver involved in the collision gave evidence that he had a green light to go through the junction when the Luas hit him. He told the court told how he accelerated desperately away from a Luas tram just seconds before it crashed into the side of his vehicle.
Two women were trapped and emergency services had to treat the “walking wounded”.