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Cross Border Major Exercise 2014

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Exercise “Jonesborough Juggernaut”

Scenario for Exercise


- At 07:50am a car with a mother and child on board, was leaving a local scrap yard when the brakes failed causing the car to collide with a pedestrian and a car and trailer, the car then crashed through the fence at the railway track and into the path of an oncoming train heading from Dublin to Belfast.


- The car was then pushed along the track towards Kilnasagart Bridge were it fell of the track onto a car with 2 passengers on board, which was travelling along the Kilnasagart Road. The train continued on approximately another third of a mile before stopping.


- The impact of the crash caused a fire to start in the drivers cab of the train and it spread to one of the carriages. On board the train were 43 passengers with various injuries.


- In the confusion some passengers wandered off the train and fell down the embankment sustaining broken bones and head injuries.


- There was also diesel leaking from the train with the potential of running down the embankment into a small stream.


- Emergency responders dealt with 2 fatalities, dozens of casualties with injuries ranging from severe to walking wounded and a further 20 uninjured on board the train.   

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Appliances from Louth County Council Fire and Rescue Service seen responding to the incident.

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First RTC

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Second RTC

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Train Fire

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Rescue 116

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