A car has collided with the train at a railway crossing outside Castlebar this afternoon. It happened between Castlebar and Manulla junction at the unmanned Kilnageere railway crossing.
Emergency services are at the scene.
It’s understood that no one has been seriously injured in the incident. It was the 13.15 passenger train travelling from Westport to Heuston,Dublin.
A spokesperson for Irish Rail told Midwest News this afternoon that significant delays can be expected along the route as a result and arrangements are being made to get the passengers on board to their destinations, and may have impact on later services from the capital into Mayo today.
The unmanned level crossing where the incident occurred is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the country due to the number of serious ‘near misses’ between trains and road users. The crossing is on a frequently used rural road with a school and creche nearby.In 2013, the junction recorded a quarter of all near misses on Irish railway crossings. There are 24 such crossings nationally.