Lucky escape for train passengers when part of the the Dublin to Belfast line collapsed.
A section of the rail line at the Broadmedow Estuary near Malahide sank into the water. The driver of the 18:07 train from Balbriggan to Pearse Street Station noticed the damage just before half past six and managed to stop the train before raising the alarm.
The collapse happened north of Malahide station on the causeway that goes across the estuary.
Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann describes it as a very serious incident that had the potential to be a very serious accident. He confirms that twenty metres of the viaduct between Malahide and Donabate has given way.
The line has now been closed causing significant disruption to northern commuter and Belfast Enterprise services. All northern commuter services have been suspended until further notice with bus transfers being put in place. Iarnród Éireann expects the disruption to continue for at least a few weeks.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 August 2009. The reporter is Kate Egan.