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Saturday 23 September 2017

Chaos for commuters after Dart train derails

Passengers leave the train following its derailment yesterday
Passengers leave the train following its derailment yesterday

Thousands of rail users were left stranded last night after a train derailed, resulting in services in a busy area of south Dublin being suspended.

Dart services between Dun Laoghaire and Lansdowne Road were cancelled yesterday evening after the rush-hour incident.

A spokeswoman for Irish Rail said the 4.45pm service from Howth to Bray was travelling at low speed when a carriage derailed shortly after 6.15pm just outside Dun Laoghaire. It is understood the incident happened near the station.

There were no reported injuries and an evacuation plan was put in place for passengers stuck on board.

Inquiry

The spokeswoman said Irish Rail would launch an investigation and an independent inquiry would be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Unit.

Irish Rail staff attended the incident.

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