Trains delayed by truck crash

Suburban train services were disrupted in Cork yesterday after a truck got jammed under a railway bridge in the city.

The Northern-Ireland registered truck became lodged under the bridge at the junction of Lower Glanmire Rd and Water St at 10.15am yesterday.

As it is one of the key outbound routes for the eastern side of the city, gardaí had to divert traffic at both sides of the bridge from Silver Springs and Summerhill North.

Meanwhile, Iarnród Éireann had to cancel the 10.15am Cork-Midleton service and the 11am Cork-Cobh service while its engineers checked the bridge for damage.

“Fortunately there was no structural damage and services then resumed. The 11.15am Cork to Midleton was able to leave the station after about a 10-minute delay,” an Iarnród Éireann spokesman said.

Gardaí brought in a tow truck which removed the lorry and were able to reopen the road before 11.30am.

They said that there were no injuries reported.

It’s not the first time that a lorry driver has misjudged the height of the railway bridge.

On Jul 15 last another truck collided with the bridge, which again led to tailbacks, detours, and the cancellation of some train services.

On the morning of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Cork on May 20, 2011 rail and road traffic was again severely disrupted when a truck carrying acid for recyclable batteries hit the underside of the bridge.

There have been repeated calls to Cork City Council to erect flashing lights on the Lower Glanmire Rd, similar to ones near the Jack Lynch Tunnel, warning lorry drivers that their vehicle is over height.


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