Belfast Telegraph

Train driver injured by detonators

A Dart driver has been injured after warning detonators in his kit bag blew up while he was in the front cabin.

The loud explosive devices went off shortly after the man had begun his shift on the 8am Greystones to Malahide service.

The devices were detonated at 8.09am on Tuesday in Bray.

Iarnrod Eireann is investigating the incident with the Health and Safety Authority, the Railway Accident Investigation Unit, and the Railway Safety Commission.

No passengers were injured.

Iarnrod Eireann said the driver needed stitches to his hand and has been taken to hospital for tests on possible damage to his hearing.

The driver's cabin was damaged and the train taken out of service after the incident.

Detonators are used on the railways as a safety measure to alert oncoming trains to possible dangers on the track. They explode with a large bang due to the pressure of a passing train.

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