Friday 20 October 2017

'They could very easily have been killed' - Teen boys caught 'train surfing' on Dart

The boys were squeezed between two carriages as the train pulled into Killester station
The boys were squeezed between two carriages as the train pulled into Killester station

Laura Lynott

THIS disturbing photo shows two teenagers "train surfing" as they speed from one station to the next.

The boys, aged about 16, were squeezed between two carriages when they were photographed by a female passenger as the Dart train arrived at Killester Station, north Dublin.

Dublin Mayor Michael Mac Donncha said he feared copycats in the wake of the incident.

“I am very concerned,” he said. “There might be copycat behaviour which will inevitably result in a fatality.”

“Train surfing” led to six deaths in five years in Britain, according to British Transport Police.

The two boys in the photo chatted calmly as the Dart stopped at Killester Station just before 5pm on Saturday.

The 40-year-old mother-of-two from Cabra who took the picture said: “The two lads arrived on the train sitting on the outside between the compartments.

“I couldn’t believe it. There was hardly anyone on the platform, so I don’t think anyone else saw them and they were well-hidden from sight.

SHOCKING

“The fact that they had been able to get from one station to another without being spotted by Irish Rail is shocking.

“There was certainly no visible staff on the platform to see what was going on.

“Had there been staff at the station, I don’t think these boys would have tried such a dangerous stunt.

“They could very easily have been killed. It was madness.

“They placed themselves in an extremely dangerous position and I really don’t feel this would happen if the Dart stations were properly manned and secure.”

Irish Rail was not aware of the incident when contacted, but stated that it would be examining CCTV footage and contacting gardai.

“We do not have a report of this specific incident but instances such as this are rare,” said a spokesman.

“Our drivers are trained to be vigilant of such behaviour and we have teams of roving security that patrol the Dart area.

“This is an extremely dangerous behaviour and we appeal to parents and young people to desist from this activity to prevent any tragic outcome.”

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