On 1 August 1980 a train travelling from Dublin to Cork derailed at Buttevant killing 18 people and injuring many more.

This RTÉ News report from the day following the tragic accident shows the salvage and rescue work under way.

A harrowing task for the rescue services.

Jack Higgins, CIE, was reluctant to speculate on the possible cause of the crash. 

Minister for Transport Albert Reynolds expresses his horror at the tragedy and has ordered a full scale public inquiry. Taoiseach Charles Haughey also spoke to journalists and praised the efforts of CIE, hospitals and local people in reacting to the disaster.

RTÉ News also spoke to two of the survivors, who describe what happened from their hospital beds. One injured Australian passenger stated

The carriage seemed to disintegrate. It was all over in a few seconds.

An RTÉ News report by Tom MacSweeney broadcast on 2 August 1980.