The Bunny Bacchus (mr_wombat) wrote,
The Bunny Bacchus

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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