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Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland) Annual Report

Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland) Annual Report

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Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland)___ Annual ReportPhotograph 5: View from Cappadine level crossingThe RAIU are continuing with a formal investigation of this incident and the report will be duein mid 2009.7.5 Collision at Bridgetown level crossingOn the 2 nd of December 2008, the 8:52 hrs empty ballast train from Waterford to RosslareStand collided with Bridgetown Level Crossing. As the driver approached the level crossing thedriver observed that the gates were closed across the railway line. The driver approached thetrain’s emergency brakes and the train passed over the crossing, breaking both gates as itpassed. There were four staff traveling on the ballast train when the incident occurred, noinjuries were sustained to the crew. The crossing keeper in attendance at Bridgetown levelcrossing was in the process of opening the gates when the collision occurred, the crossingkeeper attended hospital for shock after the incident. No other damage other than the damageto the level crossing gates occurred. The RAIU are continuing with a formal investigation of thisincident and the report will be due in late 2009.2008 14

Railway Accident Investigation Unit (Ireland)______________________________Annual Report8 Statistics on rail accidents since the formation of the RAIU8.1 NotificationsThirty-eight notifications were received in 2008, summarised below:32 notifications from IÉ3 notifications from Veolia (the LUAS operators)3 notification from Bord Na Móna (industrial railway)8.2 History of Rail Accident CategoriesAccidents investigated 2007 2008Major accidents Collisions 1 - -Derailments - 1 Derailment of a Tara Mines freighttrain at Skerries, County Dublin.Level crossings 1 Fatality at Straide Level CrossingXX032, County Mayo.Other accidents Collisions - - -Derailments - - -Level crossings - 2 Collision on a train with a road vehicleat Cappadine level crossing, CountyTipperary;Collision of train with Bridgetownlevel crossing gates, County Wexford.Occupational - - -accidentsIncidents Level crossing - 1 Near miss at Ballymurray levelcrossing, County Roscommon.Near misses - - -8.3 Personal Injuries as a result of accidents on the railwayPersonal injuries 2007 2008Fatally injured Passengers - -Crew - -Third party 1 -Seriously injured Passengers - -Crew - -Third party - -Slightly injured Passengers - -Crew - -Third party - -Third party includes level crossing users.Third party does not include suicides or trespassers.2008 15

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