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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Passenger hurt in roof collapse

Irish Rail
Irish Rail

A passenger was injured when the roof of Cork's main railway station partially collapsed during bad weather.

Kent Station has been shut and diversions put in place since the roof canopy at platforms one and two fell in on a train which was not in service at the time.

An Irish Rail spokesman said a passenger caught up in the incident at around 3pm was hurt but does not have life-threatening injuries.

The platform is used by commuter trains to Cobh and Midleton.

"Emergency services are at the scene, and it is understood that one customer has been injured, although thankfully the injuries are not life-threatening," said the spokesman.

"While there were high winds and rain in the area at the time, the cause of the incident is not known at this time, and will be the subject of a full investigation.

"Cork to Cobh/Midleton services are temporarily suspended, and Dublin/Cork services are operating between Dublin and Mallow only."

Met Eireann has warned that gusts of up to 150kph (93mph) are expected to batter parts of the country tonight.

It has forecast windy and blustery conditions, with heavy rain due to turn to sleet and snow as temperatures drop to zero degrees overnight.

Strong winds with gusts of 90kph (56mph) to 110kph (68mph) expected nationwide, and could reach 150kph (93mph) over the north west, especially in coastal areas.

The Irish Coast Guard said people in counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal should stay away from coastal areas.

Very high seas are predicted, with waves posing a hazard to anyone close to the shoreline, it said.

Manager Declan Geoghegan said: "It is important to be especially vigilant over the festive period where people are engaged in outdoor activities in areas and environments they may not be familiar with and the onset of inclement weather ever present."

Irish Rail said two other passengers who were on the platform at the time the roof collapsed were treated at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

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