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Trucker fled after crash sparked DART line chaos

A TRUCKER who fled the scene after he crashed into overhead Dart cables at a level crossing in Dublin has been fined €500.

About 800 metres of wiring was torn away after being snagged by a crane on a flatbed lorry passing through the Merrion Gates, in Dublin 4, on December 30, 2009.

It had been the most significant damage to overhead lines in a single incident in the history of the Dart and disrupted services for about 15,000 commuters for a day and a half.

Eamon Cosgrove (47) of Grove Lodge, Bay Lane, Kilkshane, Dublin 11, was fined after he pleaded guilty yesterday to careless driving and failing to remain at the scene.

Garda Victoria Montgomery told Judge Alan Mitchell at Dublin District Court that Cosgrove was driving his lorry and turned onto the Merrion Gates.

A crane on his lorry had not been lowered properly and there was a collision with overhead cables, the judge was told.

He left the scene and contacted gardai the following day to make a voluntary statement.

The garda accepted that Cosgrove was "shocked" and upset by what had happened and she accepted it had devastating effects on his personal life.

In pleas for leniency, Cosgrove's lawyer said his marriage has since broken down.

Also he had had a successful business for 10 years delivering containers, but that had gone under.







Terrible

The court heard he was remorseful, his machinery had frozen and he made "a terrible error" by not retracting the arm of the crane on his lorry.

Judge Mitchell was told Cosgrove was shocked and unable to sleep or eat afterwards and it caused severe stress in his personal life.

The father-of-three was not entitled to social welfare and has been getting work as a courier.

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