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Warning signs demanded at rail crossing

17th February 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A young couple in Ireland have called for warning signs to be installed at a rail crossing after their car was hit by a train.

They managed to escape injury despite the fact the train that struck their vehicle was travelling at 70mph.

Rachel McClean, 19 and Ryan Jones, 20, were on a Valentine's Day break in Galway when the incident occurred.

Speaking to the BBC, Ms McClean said: "They should have lights and warning signs - even warning signs further back would have helped because we would have been thinking about it. It should be impossible for what happened to us to happen."

Irish Rail said it believed the gates had been left open by a previous user of the crossing and that it was mounting a full investigation into the incident with the help of the Railway Accident Investigation Unit.

Recently, the Rail Safety and Standards Board in the UK said as many as 600 rail injuries had not been officially reported between 2005 and 2010.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800410618-ADNFCR


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