A Meath woman has described the “unbearable” heat aboard the “packed” Dart as she traveled with three of her children on Sunday.
rish Rail has since apologized to customers who “got into a very distressing situation” during what they called a “very busy day”.
Faith Flaherty (43) from Navan was traveling on the Dart with three of her children, Naomi (21), Chloe (11) and her 15 month old son Oliver. Naomi’s friend Gordon (23) was also there.
“At each stop more and more people got on the train, by the time we got to Shankill one of the train workers had asked everyone to really push in and go up the aisle, but we stayed by the door because I had the baby in the buggy,” said them to Independent.ie.
“With every stop we got hotter and hotter as more and more people got on, it just got unbearable at that point. Suddenly the train just stopped completely and the conductor said, “Sorry, there’s a delay in Bray, it will be a few minutes.”
“So after 40 minutes we were still sitting there and then we started seeing people on the tracks and he said, ‘Please absolutely don’t get off the train, people got off the train and they’re spilling over like that the tracks we have nowhere to go and I can’t tell you how long it’ll be.
Ms Flaherty said she had to strip her 15-month-old son down to his nappy as he became very hot and restless. She said people started to panic as there was “no air” and passengers started handing out ice cubes.
People panicked after 3pm because we were all frying and kids were crying
“But we were sweating by that point, there was no air conditioning just the small, tiny windows and we were literally on top of each other. We couldn’t move at all, we couldn’t even sit on the floor.
“I had to undress my kid completely, I took his clothes off because he was bright red, he was pumping sweat. He got so moody and cried. People panicked after 3pm because we were all frying and kids were crying.
“It was just unreal, and suddenly, I don’t know how the door opened, someone opened the door on the other side, but they had to because we couldn’t breathe. Babies were crying because there were many families on the train.
“The second he opened the door we could all breathe again, we all breathed a sigh of relief,” she added.
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