Landslide derails Irish train
Sunday 17 August 2008
Hundreds of rail passengers on one of Ireland's main line services had a miraculous escape yesterday when their train derailed after torrential downpours caused a landslide.
Stones smashed into windows of the front passenger carriage of the Dublin to Cork service as the engine carriage careered off the track, eyewitnesses said. Travellers were shaken up, but no one was injured during the incident, which took place a quarter of a mile south of Portarlington station in Co Laois. The driver, however, had to be treated for shock.
Around 300 people were on board the train when it struck rocks and mud that had poured on to the track during the landslide.
Adrian Lydon, a news reporter for the state broadcaster RTE, was in the front carriage when the locomotive derailed. He said: "As the engine carriage came off the track, it started spraying thousands of stones on to our carriage, hitting the windows. One was shattered as a stone came through it. Everyone was falling all over the place."
Passengers were stranded on the train for hours after the incident.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is a two form entry primary schoo...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...