Rail­way staff come to aid of man on tracks

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE fam­ily of a man who was res­cued in a dis­tressed con­di­tion from the train tracks at Ark­low Rail­way Sta­tion have com­mended the Ir­ish Rail staff for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­pas­sion.

The in­ci­dent took place at the lo­cal sta­tion in re­cent weeks when the 16:37 Con­nolly to Ross­lare train was en route to the sta­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at Ir­ish Rail Barry Kenny said that a re­port was made of a per­son in dis­tress on the line.

‘ The driver brought the train to a halt and the driver and a mem­ber of the sta­tion staff as­sisted the man from the line onto the plat­form. They called the emer­gency ser­vices and stayed with the man un­til they ar­rived and he was taken into their care,’ Mr Kenny said.

He added that while this type of in­ci­dent is not very reg­u­lar, there have been tragic in­ci­dents on rail lines in the past.

‘ This is some­thing we cer­tainly need to be vig­i­lant of. Trag­i­cally, in a lot of cir­cum­stances there have been fa­tal­i­ties.’

Mr Kenny said that the man’s fam­ily made con­tact with Ir­ish Rail to com­mend staff for their ac­tions.

‘We have had con­tact from the young man’s fam­ily and they said they are grate­ful to the staff for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­pas­sion. We hope that the man is mak­ing a good re­cov­ery and get­ting the nec­es­sary care.’

Ark­low rail­way sta­tion.

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