Train delays from Mayo to Dublin after van ploughs through barrier

There were delays to train services on Tuesday of this week (August 25), after a van ploughed through a level crossing barrier that had just been lowered.

Iarnród Éireann shared footage of the incident on social media, which resulted in delays in services to and from Westport, Co. Mayo.

Th incident occurred at Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon, at around 9:20am.

The footage shows the van hitting the barrier while it was in the process of being lowered. The van then continued on though the level crossing and drove on without stopping.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Iarnród Éireann said: “Ongoing delays remain to Westport services as a result of this motorist’s action earlier today.

“Crews are continuing repair works. Please remember to act safely at level crossings. Always obey warning signs.”

A subsequent update from Iarnród Éireann said that the 7:15am train to Heuston station in Dublin was delayed by at least 40 minutes as a result of the incident.

Gardaí are investigating the incident, though no arrests have been made as of yet.

Cow killed by truck

Also in Co. Mayo, a cow was killed after being hit by a truck late last week, Gardaí have confirmed.

The incident occurred on Thursday (August 20) shortly after 5:00am. The cow died sometime after it was stuck by the vehicle in the vicinity of Ballina, it is believed.

Serious damage was caused to the truck. However, the driver was uninjured.

In a brief statement, Gardaí said: “Gardaí attended the scene of a road traffic collision that occurred on Thursday (August 20) at approximately 5:10am.

“A truck collided with a cow during the incident. The cow later died and serious damage [was] caused to the truck. No injuries [were caused] to the driver of the truck,” the statement added.