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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Irish Rail investigates after door lock disengages metres away from station platform

Dart (Stock photo)
Dart (Stock photo)

David Kearns

Irish Rail are investigating after a door lock on one of its carriage activated while still metres away from a station platform.

The incident happened earlier today on an eight carriage Dart that was pulling into Tara St Station.

Shortly after 8:35 am passengers on-board the Malahide to Bray train found they were able to open their door despite not having cleared the rail line.

According to Irish Rail, the driver had not fully brought the train on to the platform when he engaged the doors.

“The train stopped at the station and the carriage doors were enabled to open, with those at the rear - one to one and a half [carriages]  – still off the platform,” the a spokesperson for the company said.

“Thankfully no one inside this carriage opened the doors as they saw they weren’t on the platform,” he added.

Irish Rail said that an platform attendant saw what had happened and signal to those inside carriage to remain where they where.

The worker also stood outside to ensure no one tried to get off until the train was brought fully on to the platform.

“Once everyone from the other carriages were off, the driver reengaged the doors and was able to bring the train fully on to the platform to allow everyone else to disembark,” Irish Rail continued.

“This is absolutely something that shouldn’t happened and we will be investigating the incident thoroughly.”

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