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Teen girl who was trapped under Luas thanks rescuers

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Maja Dąbkowska
Maja Dąbkowska

The teenage girl who was trapped between a Luas and a platform has thanked the people who helped push the tram off her so she could be freed.

Maja Dabkowska (16) was involved in the incident on the Red Line at the Jervis stop in Dublin city centre.

"Can't believe I'm alive, could've died today, it's a miracle I haven't lost my leg," she said on Facebook.

"Got my thigh jammed between the platform and the Luas this morning. No words to describe how thankful I am to all the people that picked the Luas up in order to get me out."

Footage caught on camera showed commuters and other members of the public rushing to help the teenager and attempt to lift the Luas away from the platform to free her.

Maja had been due to start her first day in fifth year at the Holy Family school in Rathcoole on Tuesday.

The teen, who is originally from Poland but living in Dublin's north inner city with her family, was in a hurry to get a bus and said she had her earphones in and didn't hear a second Luas coming as she walked across the tracks until "it was right in front of me, and I panicked and tripped over, it was right in front of me and I scrambled onto the platform but my leg slipped and I didn't make it in time".

Maja Dąbkowska posted this picture on Facebook

She was eventually freed and was rushed to hospital - her injuries are not life-threatening.

She added: "My leg got hit by the Luas and got stuck in between the platform and the Luas up to the very top of my thigh. I slid with the Luas for a meter or two, and then I couldn't move.

"The people were so helpful and got me a bag to lean myself on as I was stuck with my leg sideways. I was there for about 5 minutes. The people then started pushing the Luas, and then they could drag me up after a few minutes. They saved my leg- or my life."

VIDEO: Girl trapped under Luas carriage before passengers lift it off