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Passengers urged to mind gap at station

IRISH rail has issued a warning to DART users to be careful following a city centre accident.

On Monday night a man received minor injuries in a fall at Killester station.

Train services were disrupted after the man slipped into the gap between a stationary train and the platform.

It happened at 8.40pm, when the Bray to Howth train pulled into Killester station.

Dublin Fire Brigade said the man was not badly injured.

In February, a young woman had her right foot sliced off after falling under a DART train at Tara Street station.

The woman, from Palmerstown in west Dublin, was with a group of friends at the station when she fell between the train and the platform.

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She landed on the track and her leg was run over by the Greystones to Howth DART, which had already started to pull out of the station.

The driver, who was unaware that the woman had fallen, closed the doors and continued on his journey to the next stop, Connolly station.

Emergency services were dispatched and the woman was rushed to St James's Hospital, but one of her legs was so badly injured that it had to be amputated below the knee.

An Irish Rail spokeswoman appealed today to passengers to take care.

At Tara Street, the gap between platform and carriage is particularly wide "because of the curvature of the line going through the station".

To change this would involve major restructuring work, the spokeswoman added.

csheehy@herald.ie


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