The last time Dublin tram went down in the city was in November 2001.
There was a stampede and the driver died.
But the last time it was so bad, there was a train wreck.
A tram broke down on the city’s busy A5 route, sending a car of passengers hurtling down the embankment.
The crash killed 25-year-old passenger Robert Denny, a father of four.
His mother, a school teacher, and sister, also 25, survived.
A week after the crash, Denny was in the hospital for months with a ruptured bladder.
His family told us that the strain was so extreme that he was too weak to sit up and even when he did get up he could barely walk.
But what happened next wasn’t like that.
We met Robert Dorkin, a retired nurse, who was the first person to reach his family.
He was taken to hospital after a collision with a car, but survived.
His sister, who had been driving the tram, was injured.
Robert Dyer’s mum was the one who was seriously hurt in the crash.
She had just returned from work.
“My mum was so traumatised and so upset,” he said.
“She could barely move because she was crying.
She couldn’t open her eyes.
She could barely talk.
I couldn’t talk either.”
The family had no idea where they were, and they didn’t know how to find help.
We spoke to Robert Dennys mum, and the first thing she said was, “There’s nothing left to do but to get on with it.”
“Robert’s mum, who has lost her whole family to accidents, has never been the same.
She didn’t want to see me die.
I was just a young man, a good, decent boy who loved to go to work,” he says.
He was the youngest passenger in the car at the time.
He’s now in his 50s and has never looked back.
“I feel like my mum could have been the one that got me out of that situation, but she was in there with me.
She knew I had to do it.”
Robert Dorken, who is in his 60s, is a retired medical officer and a nurse, but he’s not too proud to talk about the crash at all.
“It was terrible.
It was horrible.
I’ve never been in a crash before.
I can’t imagine what I would have done,” he tells us.
He also says that he wouldn’t want a repeat of the tragedy if he could.
“But I don’t know if I would do it again.
I’d have to live with that,” he explains.”
When I was a teenager, I was very lucky.
My dad was a paramedic, and I had a lot of friends there.
I had lots of friends.
I went to my dad’s house a lot.
I always wanted to be a paramedial, and it was a big thing for me.”
Robert’s family and friends say he’s had the support of a large network of friends, the support and guidance of a dedicated family and close friends.
But he says he knows how hard it is to get help.
“For me, it was very hard.
It took me a long time to get over it.
I knew I was in trouble.
I did everything right.
I put my life in order,” he told us.”
The fact that I’m not going to be there for my daughter to raise a child that’s going to become a doctor in a couple of years and be able to help them when they need it.
It’s a huge loss.
I don,t know how I would handle it.
But I’m going to do everything I can.”
I want to help him to do that.
I’m the one he’s got to go back to, and help him deal with the grief and to look after his daughter and her future.
Robert Denny is not the only one to go through this.
A few weeks ago, I met a man who had a similar experience.
He and his wife were walking their dog in the centre of Dublin when a tram came down the street.
It broke down and he got stuck on the tracks for a long period of time.
He had no choice but to pull himself out of the vehicle, and he survived.
His wife, who works in the public sector, also survived.
“She was stuck for two weeks, and she was scared to go in the vehicle.
She’d had a stroke, and couldn’t get out.
But she kept telling me, ‘If it’s not going my way, then I’m leaving.'”
She kept telling the driver to keep going.
He kept going.
So he was driving and stopped and started driving.
It stopped, and then he got out and tried to pull me out.
He pulled me out, but it was too late.
“Robert was lucky.
He didn’t have