Sunday 15 September 2019

VIDEO: 'People could have been killed' - moment truck carrying digger crashes into Dublin bridge Newsdesk Newsdesk

THIS is the moment that a truck crashed into a bridge in Dublin City this afternoon.

Irish Rail has warned that people could have been killed in the collision, which happened on Amiens Street at around 1.20pm today.

Rail services between Connolly and Tara Street were suspended after the incident but have since resumed.

There was also delays to traffic approaching from the North Strand road.

Irish Rail shared dramatic CCTV footage of the crash as they urged people to be aware of their load height, warning that the crash could have been fatal.

"Had pedestrians, cyclists or motorists been on the other side of the road, people could have been killed at Amiens St this lunchtime.

"Know your load height for the safety of all," they said in a statement.

A garda spokeswoman told "A HGV hit the railway bridge at around 1.20p.m. this afternoon, Monday 8th April, 2019. 

"It has been confirmed there has been no structural damage to the railway bridge and all traffic is moving."

There were a total of 95 Bridge Strikes last year.

The most struck railway bridge was between Portmarnock and Malahide. It was struck seven times. The next three must frequently hit were between Pearse Street Station and Grand Canal.

"We would appeal to all road users to be vigilant when using level crossings and not take risks. Never attempt to cross a level crossing when the barrier is lowering. For user operated level crossings always close the gate once you have safely crossed," a spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann said.

"The number of bridge strikes increased in 2018 to 95 from 85 in 2017. This would correspond with the increase in road traffic, but it is a worrying trend and we would appeal to all users of high vehicles, to know your height and plan your journey to ensure that you avoid restricted height bridges. A map of our network, showing all restricted height bridges is available"

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