Search for van that smashed through level crossing

Search for van that smashed through level crossing


Update: Video of incident released by Iarnród Éireann

Earlier:Gardaí in Galway are searching for the driver of a white van who ploughed through a level crossing yesterday just seconds before a train was due to pass.

The van driver failed to stop following the incident which occurred at around 7.30pm at the unmanned crossing at Kiltartan on the N18 Ennis to Galway road north of Gort.

Traffic had been stopped at the crossing as the 6.00pm Limerick to Galway train, which had just left Gort, was approaching.

The train driver was alerted to the incident by an automated system and was able to make a safe stop several hundred metres before the crossing.

Warning lights and an alarm were activated at the unmanned crossing ahead of the train’s arrival however, a white van crashed through the barriers and drove off.

Warning lights and an alarm sound as the barriers deployed – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

On arrival at the scene, eyewitnesses told Gardaí that a white van had left the scene in the direction of Galway. A follow up search failed to locate the van.

Both sides of the barrier were left mangled on the road and had to be replaced by engineers.

Motorists were held up for over an hour while Iarnród Éireann has confirmed that the 6.00pm train from Limerick to Galway was delayed for 55 minutes as result of the incident.

The company also said the incident is being investigated by Gardaí

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.