Girl “Tram Surfing” on Luas Gets €550,000 Payout

Rebecca Kelly - Photograph Collins Courts
Rebecca Kelly - Photograph Collins Courts

A girl who sustained a severe brain injury after she fell off the side of a Luas tram when she was “tram surfing” has settled her High Court action for €550,000.

Rebecca Kelly was just 13 years old when she and a friend jumped on the outside of a Luas tram eight years ago at the Fatima station on the Red Line on September 3rd 2010.

She fell back on to the tracks striking her head and had to be rescued by her friend. 20-year-old Rebecca of Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin had through her mother Elizabeth Kelly sued as a result of the accident.

She alleged failure to have any or any adequate visual systems employed and activated on the tram. She alleged that meant the driver was unable in the circumstances to see the non-platform side of the tram before leaving the station.

All the claims were denied by Veolia. Approving the settlement Mr Justice Cross said it was not necessary for the court to tell Rebecca Kelly she did a silly thing as she knew that. However, he commended her for her honesty.

Image – Rebecca Kelly – © Collins Courts