Engine fire causes evacuation of over 100 Irish Rail passengers
Over 100 passengers were evacuated from an Irish Rail train after one of its engines went on fire this morning.
The 9.40am Drogheda to Pearse four-carraige service was forced to stop at Clongriffin as a result.
"Smoke suddenly started filling up the carriage and people all around me began to panic," a witness told independent.ie.
"There was a mad dash to get off and someone was screaming to get out."
According to Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny, the train driver received an automated alert that one of the four carraige engines was ablaze.
"He responded to the alert excellently. The central station was told of the incident immediately and the driver stopped at Clongriffin where all of the passengers disembarked safely," Mr Kenny told independent.ie.
Dublin Fire Brigade responded to the scene and are currently on the train line at Clongriffin.
It is understood that between 100 and 150 passengers were aboard the train at the time of the incident.
There were no injuries reported.
Delays to Northern Commuter & DART services due to engine fire on 09:40hrs Drogheda/Pearse service, fire is out now, updates to follow.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) June 7, 2016
Update: Delays to services through Clongriffin due to earlier engine fire, Dublin Bus honouring rail tkts between Howth Jct. & Malahide.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) June 7, 2016
Commuter delays for rail passengers on the northbound line are expected to be at least 40 minutes.
Update: Delays of up to 40mins to services at present through Clongriffin, Dublin Bus honouring rail tkts between Howth Jct. & Malahide.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) June 7, 2016