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Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005, 02:07 pm

DART services are going to be bolloxed this evening, particularly the south bound routes. I'll explain more in a minute but I figured getting this PSA out was more important than the absolutely terrifying story behind it.

As some of you know, I work in an office right beside the DART line. Close enough in fact that one of my neuroses involves a train being derailed and landing on my desk. I was sitting there, minding my own business about fifteen minutes ago when a noise I have become familiar with over the last few months (the grinding of steel on stone as a lorry a bit too high for the clearance of the bridge attempts to go through it and comes to an no claims bonus damaging halt). This noise was promptly followed by something that sounded very much like an enormous steel container landing on the road, which is pretty much exactly what had happened. A flatbed truck carrying a big cargo container (I'm bad with distances but I'd say maybe 30 x 10 x 10 feet) had tried getting under the bridge at such speed that when it hit the bridge it ripped the container from the moorings (tearing the clasps off the truck itself in the process) and absolutely *mangled* the front of it. I have some pictures but I have no earthly idea how to get them off my phone and onto the internets.

Heres the kicker though. There was a car behind it which was occupied by spider man who, when he saw the container coming loose and falling off used his incredible reflexes to quickly put the car in reverse and get it the hell out from under the imminent destination of the falling container. The container landed and sheared off the bumper - nothing else was touched, even the headlights were intact but the bumper was under the container.

For someone who had just avoided certain death, he seemed quite calm about it, probably shock if the truth be told.

Anyway, when this happens it usually involves the darts being stopped for a few hours while the structural integrity of the bridge is checked. Often it never even gets reported but this one is a bit more serious than usual, what with the brush with death and all so the Gardai are out and the bridge is being checked.
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Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)

And like the man with a mandolin and wearing tights, I tell you the tale.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)

Bloody hell! Is everyone really ok? Are you?

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)

Well, the drivers of both vehicles are a bit shook up. I'm absolutely fine though, it happened at least twenty yards from my desk.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)

Yeah, but with the whole worry of derailment going on, I imagined you got a bit of a fright initially yourself.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)

Great story! If you can email from your phone you can email the pics to yourself, or, if your phone has bluetooth you can send them to computer that also has bluetooth. If none of the above and no desire to put any more effort in remains you can just show them to people in personal viewing sessions on your phone screen.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)

...or if you have a pencil, you could throw down a quick sketch. Add a little drama with "the old Crayolas", finish it off with some sticky stars and a bit of glitter and stick it on the fridge.

Then take a photo of the fridge with your phone and post it to LJ

That'd be what I'd do anyway...

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)

Fucksocks! How the hell am I supposed to get home now?

Customs House Quay, by any chance?

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)

All is well now from the look of it. Of course I'm sure the dimbulb has to make a return trip.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)

Heh, you get all the fun stuff....I've just been looking out my window at the weekly market including hideous Christmas decorations and flashing santa hats all day... Glad everyone's ok, though.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)

Yikes! Glad everyone's okay. Still- I can't believe people get away with scraping their loads under the bridge. That's ridiculous.

And people say Boston drivers are crazy.

Note: I have been told I need to visit a certain bar at a hotel across the Liffey from Temple Bar, between Castle and Millennium. The manager/owner of the bar is the brother of one of my mother's coworkers. I've been told he appreciates Americans coming around and saying hi.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

Note to fellow American: While you and I would naturally abbreviate Main Street and 3rd Avenue to "Main and 3rd", they don't do that here. Primarily because they like to do things like name one reasonably-straight street that goes on for a mile or two at least four different names -- George's Street, Angier St., Wicklow Street, etc. Also, the whole potential for confusion between Castle Street, Castle Road, etc.

Trying to figure out which hotel you're talking about (though I'm not really involved, of course, it's just that's kinda my neck of the woods) -- perhaps it was Capel Street (as opposed to Castle) and the Millenium Bridge? Perhaps the Ormond Hotel on Ormond Quay?


Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)

Yes. The Ormond Quay came up.

And I probably would have specified, except I wrote down the names at home and the Bridge part escaped me. I will plead sick!

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)

Well, I've got you beat. A train once -did- derail and hit my old workplace. in downtown columbus, ohio, there is a train that zips right through the middle of everything. it goes underground beneath an insurance building, then out the other side, and right by a squat brick building, which is where I used to work. I arrived to work -right- after the fucking thing hit. It skipped the tracks as it came up and rubbed right into the building - if it'd wobbled a few feet earlier it'd have taken the entire corner off the building. when i got there the place was evacuated and folks were standing outside watching. two news stations reported that the fluid flooding our parking lot was two different things - dish soap or canola oil, depending on who you asked. It was oil. Also they failed to mention the fact that two tanks of chlorine were the next cars back on the train, and if they'd burst they'd have killed everybody downtown in a one mile radius or so! :D We were evacuated twice more during my shift, but those roaring assholes actually made us stay and work with a TRAIN crammed against and partially into our building (but we worked on the top floor so apparently it was ok, and the reoccuring power outages and evacs were just peachy).

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)

If your computer has an infrared port thingy (our laptop has), you can sit the IR bit of your phone beside that and then tell the phone to send the pic by IR - this is how I get my pics from phone to 'puter. Then all you need is a flickr account or similar and you can annoy all your friends with your pictures.

(I figured all of this out last Sunday, btw.)