Rail Services Affected After Bridge Collision

Pic © Pat Flynn

Rail services were affected for a time this afternoon and a vehicle collided with a railway bridge in Co Clare.

The incident happened at around 1.20pm on the Ennis to Limerick rail line between Sixmilebridge and Cratloe.

The arm of a digger, being carried on a trailer, collided with the bridge blocking the main road.


Gardaí responded to the scene initially and they in turn notified Iarnród Éireann of the incident.

The incident resulted in one train service being delayed by 30 minutes while the R462 Sixmilebridge to Cratloe road was also closed for a time while fire crews from Shannon dealt with a hydraulic oil spillage at the scene.

The digger was damaged however and spilled fluid on a section of the roadway after a hydraulic line ruptured. Fire crews had to use special chemicals to deal with the spillage and make the road safe.

After being checked by engineers, it was confirmed that no damage was caused to the bridge structure or the rail line. No one was injured in the incident.