Tuesday 28 February 2017

Commuters shocked as DART driver dies

Patricia McDonagh

COMMUTERS on a southbound DART were yesterday left stunned after its driver collapsed and later died of a suspected heart attack.

John O'Neill (50), from north Dublin, collapsed at the Dun Laoghaire DART station at around 9am yesterday.

Mr O'Neill had been feeling unwell for sometime and his condition worsened when the train stopped at Dun Laoghaire.

In a bid to save his life a defibrillator was obtained from the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master, as one could not be found in the station or on the train.

However, Mr O'Neill was transferred to St Michael's Hospital by ambulance, where he died later that day.

Yesterday, management and staff of Iarnrod Eireann expressed their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr O'Neill.

He had worked for Iarnrod Eireann for 25 years and had been based in Fairview DART Depot.

Southbound services were delayed for 45 minutes as a result.

Irish Independent

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