Monday 5 December 2016

Commuter delays after car crashes through level crossing gate

Published 12/10/2016 | 13:19

Commuters experienced 30-minute delays on rail services this morning after a motorist crashed through a level crossing gate.

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The driver, who was hauling a small digger behind their car, can be seen on CCTV driving through the level crossing as the bar lowers and smashes onto the trailer.

The car continued without stopping after the damage was done.

The incident occurred at Barberstown, Co Kildare.

Services are now back to normal on the Maynooth line after the barrier was replaced by Iarnród Éireann.

“You can see on the CCTV that the driver failed to stop,” a spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann told Independent.ie.

“The barrier has been replaced and there was not lasting damage, but unfortunately commuters faced half an hour of unnecessary delays because one driver was reckless.”

Iarnród Éireann have asked that anyone with information about the hit and run driver contact Gardaí, who have already been alerted of the incident.

There are license plate recognition cameras at three level crossings on the DART line, but Barberstown does not have them.

“We’ve seen an increase in incidents like this in the past year and we chose to focus on areas where we’d seen a lot of problems.

"We have that system under review with a view to possibly expand it in the future," he added.

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