A crash between two trucks in Dublin city centre leaves one of the vehicles upended in the River Liffey.
The two lorries crashed shortly after 5:30 am at the junction of Tara Street and Butt Bridge in Dublin. One of the lorries was travelling down Tara Street in the direction of Liberty Hall, while the other was driving up George's Quay towards O'Connell Street when the incident occurred. The larger lorry swerved and went through the granite wall at Butt Bridge leaving the cab and driver half submerged in the River Liffey. The other smaller truck came to a halt on Burgh Quay.
Rescue services from Tara Street Fire Station rushed to the scene and the two drivers were taken to St James Hospital where they were treated for shock. Gardaí say it is unclear how the trucks managed to hit each other saying
The drivers had a miraculous escape.
All roads leading to the crash were closed, as rescue services worked to pull the truck out of the Liffey, causing traffic jams on almost all routes into Dublin. The truck was lifted by early afternoon and towed away, allowing traffic to slowly get back to normal.
The crash happened at exactly the same spot as another collision that took place in December 2000, which resulted in a coach going into the Liffey.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 July 2002. The reporter is Ray Kennedy.