Saturday 20 January 2018

'Little tornado' ripped through train station, says witness

The collapsed roof at Kent Station in Cork
The collapsed roof at Kent Station in Cork

A woman who was working in Cork's Kent Train Station said a "little tornado" swirled through the station yesterday, causing damage to two platforms.

Archaeologist Marie Therese Barrett was working in Kent Station when a canopy covering two platforms collapsed due to strong winds, injuring three people.

Speaking on RTE radio this morning, Ms Barrett said it all happened very fast.

"You could just see this grey cloud, then this road, then there was swirling within the building," she said.

"It was basically like a little tornado.

"The wind was so strong, we couldn’t pry the door open. It slammed back on my friend."

Ms Barrett said she was physically fine after the incident and a nurse was on site treated her friend.

The train station is operating again this morning after the incident. Spokesman for Iarnrod Eireann Barry Egan said an investigation is going to be carried out.

"The investigation will look and every and all aspects [of what happened]," he said.

Irish Independent

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