Central Train Issue – A train incident that killed an elderly couple

Dublin: A passenger on a Central Train has died after he was crushed under a carriage and dragged across the platform, police said on Friday.

The train was returning to Cork from Dublin Central, where a collision between a freight train and a truck driver left a 70-year-old man dead and his wife and daughter badly injured.

The deceased, an elderly man from South Cooley, Co Louth, was on the Central Train between Rathdown, Dublin 2 and Ballybawley, Co Limerick when the collision occurred at 2.35pm on Saturday.

The driver of the freight train, a 37-year old man from North Cooley from Co Limogue, was also injured.

He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The woman from Co Kilkenny, Co Longford, was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

She remains in a serious condition.

Police said the man was taken to Cork Hospital, where he died.

A post mortem examination will be carried out today and police will be carrying out further inquiries.

The incident is the third fatal collision between freight trains in the past year, according to the Department of Transport.

In January, a freight car collided with a truck at Rathdown and caused severe injuries to the driver, who died on the way to hospital, while in March a freight vehicle collided with another freight train at Ballyhagstown and injured another driver.

In December, a cargo train collided with an off-road vehicle and killed a woman in Cork city.

The Department of Transportation said in January that a total of eight freight train accidents occurred in 2016 and three in 2015.