Tuesday 6 December 2016

Boy critical after train horror

Brendan Farrelly

Published 07/12/2011 | 05:00

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy was in a serious condition in hospital last night after he fell under a moving train and was dragged along the tracks.

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The horrific incident happened at Howth Junction rail station on Dublin's northside about 4.50pm yesterday. The boy suffered serious injuries to both legs when he apparently fell off the platform and went under a northbound DART to Howth train. The youngster was dragged a short distance by the train.

The boy was able to talk to rescue workers at the scene and was then rushed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital. He was later transferred to Temple Street Hospital where his condition was last night said to be serious.

Gardai are trying to establish exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the incident which is not believed to be suspicious. Officials with Iarnrod Eireann will also carry out their own investigation.

It is believed the boy tripped and fell down into the gap between the edge of the platform and the side of the moving train. The incident happened near the front of the train as it came into the station. While the driver spotted the boy and stopped the train quickly, the boy was still dragged along.

Three primary schools are located close to the station.

The rail line to Malahide reopened about 5.20pm while the line to Howth was closed until just before 6pm.

Irish Independent

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