Wednesday 22 May 2019

Irish Rail services cancelled after train hits herd of cattle

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Irish Rail have cancelled a number of services today after a train struck a herd of cattle.

The incident, involving the 11am from Waterford to Heuston, occurred near Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

The train was forced to stop on the viaduct.

Passengers were delayed for three hours at the site of the accident.

"The train involved is still at the site," said Jane Cregan, spokesperson for Irish Rail.

"We had to split the train. We put all the passengers onto the back three carriages and it went back to Waterford.

"The front three carriages are still at the site. The train was damaged from the accident and there are still crew there removing the cattle from underneath the train. It's fairly grim the whole scene."

"We are working to get the train moved from that site so that services can return to normal."

Irish Rail tweeted to say that passengers can avail of bus transfers between Waterford and Kilkenny until further notice.

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