Wednesday 21 February 2018

Woman killed in train incident

DART services are to be expanded over the Christmas period
DART services are to be expanded over the Christmas period

A woman has died after falling in front of a train in Dublin.

The victim, who lived near Raheny Station, on the capital's northside, was waiting for a northbound Dart commuter train at around 1:45pm when she fell.

She was hit by a train travelling from the city's Pearse Street station to Drogheda service, which does not stop at Raheny.

Irish Rail said it offered its sympathies to the victim's family and friends for their tragic loss.

"Despite the efforts of the driver who applied the emergency brake and a young woman on the southbound platform who also alerted the driver to the incident, it was not possible to stop the train before it struck the woman," a spokesman said.

Services were suspended between Howth Junction and Connolly as the emergency services attended the scene.

The woman was taken to Beaumont Hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.

Irish Rail said the driver of the train will receive counselling and support following the incident.

"Customers on board the train remained on board throughout, but were moved to the rear of the train away from where the emergency services were assisting the woman," the spokesman added.

The victim was aged 57 and thought to be living in the Raheny area.

It is understood a group of Spanish students were on the southbound platform at the time of the incident and witnessed the fall.

One of them broke away along the platform and tried to alert the driver of the oncoming train.

Gardai said they were investigating the incident.

Authorities are investigating if the woman who died was visually impaired.

Press Association

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