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Investigation launched after train hit by car at level crossing in Mayo

Th driver of the car walked away from the incident unharmed.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A TRAIN TRAVELLING from Dublin’s Heuston station to Castlebar was hit by a car last night at Knockaphunta unmanned level crossing.

The car hit the side of the train at about 6.35pm causing significant damage to the vehicle and cosmetic damage to the train.

The driver of the car walked away from the incident unharmed.

It’s believed none of the passengers on board the train were injured.

An eye witness said “the driver had a miraculous escape – they had no visible injuries”.

Two fire units attended the scene along with two ambulances, with the crash causing significant delays to the 5.35pm train.

Irish Rail confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the Rail Accident Investigation Unit have launched an inquiry into what happened last night.

A spokesperson for the company stressed that the reason for the accident is still unknown, but said it was so important that unmanned level crossings be used properly, stating that leaving gates open is a huge risk to all rail and road users.

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