Dublin train driver hit emergency brake, but could not stop in time to save woman

A woman has died after she tripped and fell under a train in north Dublin.

The woman was waiting on the platform at Raheny DART station just before 2pm today when she tripped and fell onto the track as a fast-moving train was approaching.

Irish Rail said the driver put on the emergency brake but could not stop the train before it hit the woman.

The woman, who is understood to have been 57 and who lived near Raheny Station, was waiting for a northbound Dart commuter train at around 1:45pm when she fell.

She was hit by a train travelling from the city’s Pearse Street station to Drogheda service, which does not stop at Raheny. The woman was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, but later died.

It is understood a group of Spanish students were on the southbound platform at the time of the incident and witnessed the fall.

One of them broke away along the platform and tried to alert the driver of the oncoming train.

Authorities are investigating if the woman who died was visually impaired.

Services were disrupted for a time, but have now returned to normal.

Irish Rail said it offered its sympathies to the victim’s family and friends for their tragic loss.

“Despite the efforts of the driver who applied the emergency brake and a young woman on the southbound platform who also alerted the driver to the incident, it was not possible to stop the train before it struck the woman,” a spokesman said.

Services were suspended between Howth Junction and Connolly as the emergency services attended the scene.

Irish Rail said the driver of the train will receive counselling and support following the incident.

“Customers on board the train remained on board throughout, but were moved to the rear of the train away from where the emergency services were assisting the woman,” the spokesman added.

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