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DART services disrupted following tragic incident

Sheetal Sukhija - Wednesday 16th May, 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland - Following a tragic incident on a DART line, in which a train struck a man at 6.20 am, Irish Rail services were disrupted during morning peak hour travel.

The Iarnród Éireann spokesperson Barry Kenny revealed on RTE that, "An out of service train struck and fatally injured a man at Howth Junction.”

He added, "There will be major disruption for the entirety of this morning's peak, this means no DARTs operating from Malahide or Howth.”

Kenny said, "Dublin Bus are accepting rail tickets but obviously with typical volumes there will be significant pressure and capacity. If commuters can opt for alternative routes, we would advise them to do so."

The disruption affected commuters throughout Tuesday morning and Kenny warned that they do expect the incident to cause disruption throughout the morning peak commuter period.

He said, "We have had experiences similar to this in the past, it is not unusual for the line to be closed for two or two and a half hours. This would indicate disruption right through this morning's peak. We apologise to customers but the circumstance is a tragic one, and the disruption is unavoidable."

Shortly after 11 am, Irish Rail confirmed in a statement, “Northside DART, Northern Commuter and Enterprise services are resuming after emergency services attended a tragic incident at Howth Junction in which a person on the line was struck and fatally injured by a train.”

Subsequently,full DART, Commuter and Enterprise services resumed.

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