A YOUNG woman on her way home from a Christening had to have part of her leg amputated following an accident at a railway station.
Horrified passengers – including her own friends – witnessed the 30-year-old woman fall into the gap between the train and platform at the Tara Street DART station in Dublin.
It happened just as the train she had alighted from was pulling out of the station.
She fell on to the track and was immediately struck by the back end of the Greystones to Howth DART which had already started to pull out from the station.
The driver was unaware that the woman had fallen and closed the doors and continued on his journey to the next stop at Connolly Station.
Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny described the incident as a "tragic, if not freak, accident".
Emergency services were dispatched but one of her legs was so badly injured that it had to be amputated below the knee, Mr Kenny said.
The young woman, from Palmerstown in south Dublin, was with a group of about 15 friends who were travelling together.