Tuesday 21 October 2014

Woman (57) dies after tripping on platform, falling onto tracks and being run over by Dublin train

Published 14/08/2014 | 16:17

PASSENGERS watched in horror as a train ran over a woman who had fallen onto the tracks at the Raheny train station in Dublin this afternoon.

The woman, believed to be 57 years old, was rushed to nearby Beaumont Hospital in critical condition. She later passed away

The horror unfolded at around 1:50pm when the woman, who was waiting for a train on the northbound side of the platform, tripped and fell onto the tracks.

A student who was among a group of foreign students waiting for a train on the opposite side of the platform witnessed the woman fall and tried frantically to warn her that a train was approaching while waving  their arms to alert the driver of the oncoming train, according to Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny.

The driver of the oncoming Northern commuter express train, which was travelling at high speed between Dublin Pearse and Drogheda, slammed on the emergency brakes.

But he wasn’t able to stop the train in time before the first carriage ran over the woman, Mr Kenny told Independent.ie.

It is understood that the woman was from the local area.

Numerous passengers waiting on the platform watched in horror as the accident unfolded and were left extremely shaken by the incident, as was the driver of the train who was suffering from shock.

However, it’s not believed that any of the passengers aboard the train witnessed the accident.

None of the passengers were injured when the train jolted to stop but they were moved to carriages further down the train as emergency services tended to the woman who suffered “extremely serious” injuries.

They remained on the train while a Dublin Fire Brigade fire truck, ambulance and team of advanced paramedics worked to free the woman from underneath the carriage.

Train service on both the Northern commuter line and DART was immediately suspended between Dublin Connolly and Howth Junction stations before normal service resumed at 2:45pm.

"Iarnród Éireann expresses its sympathies to the victim’s family and friends for their tragic loss," Mr Kenny said.

The driver of the train will receive counselling and support following the incident.

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