Man falls under bus during row in Dublin city centre

Gardaí examining CCTV with a view to pursuing possible attempted murder inquiry

The scene of an incident in Dublin this evening in which a may appeared to fall in front of a bus. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

The scene of an incident in Dublin this evening in which a may appeared to fall in front of a bus. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 00:13

A man is being treated for serious injuries in hospital after eye-witnesses said he was pushed underneath a bus in Dublin City centre this evening following a row with another man.

His life is not thought to be in danger although there is a possibility he will lose an arm, sources indicated.

The incident occurred on the south quays, on the corner of Bedford Row and Crampton Quay, at about 6.20pm leading to significant traffic disruption in the area.

It is understood the two men were involved in a dispute that ended with one allegedly pushing the other under the wheels of the double-decker bus.

The uninjured man fled the scene and gardaí are now examining CCTV footage with a view to pursuing a possible attempted murder inquiry.

One eye witness said afterwards: “When I saw him he was already on the ground in blood.”

The driver of the bus did not require treatment after the incident. He immediately alerted central control to dispatch emergency services. The injured party, aged in his early thirties, was taken by ambulance to St James’s Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.

At the scene, the bus remained cordoned off beside a small stretch of road, in turn reducing the corner of Crampton Quay to just one lane. There were visible blood stains on the road.

Gardaí have seized the bus and will examine CCTV footage taken on board the vehicle, each bus carrying at least eight cameras in case of any such incident.

There were between 40 and 50 passengers on it at the time who disembarked safely.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Bus confirmed the incident occurred at about 6.20pm and said the company would be assisting gardaí in their inquiries. An internal investigation will also be pursued in line with company procedure.

Gardaí at Pearse Street station are leading the investigation. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact them at (01) 666 9000, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any other station.