A HERD of deer have been reportedly killed in a train crash between Thurles and the Limerick Junction, resulting in "mechanical damage" and delays this Monday evening.
Irish Rail confirmed in a tweet at 6pm that its 4.25pm service "struck a herd of deer" between Thurles and Limerick Junction.
"Train has suffered mechanical damage as a result. Expect a significant delay. Update to follow," Irish Rail said on Twitter.
16:25hrs Cork Heuston is back moving 40mins late, after striking a herd of deer. All other Cork/Limerick/Kerry services operating, but may be subject to slight delays— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) January 21, 2019
A spokesperson told the Limerick Leader that after maintenance was carried out on, the train resumed its journey with a 40-minute delay.
He confirmed that neither the passengers nor the driver suffered any physical injuries.
A concerned member of the public asked Irish Rail the condition of the deer, to which an official replied: "Sadly they didn't make it."