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Irish train driver wounded by exploding detonators

Ireland's railway company says one of its drivers has been wounded by detonators that accidentally exploded in his train cabin.

world Updated: Mar 08, 2012 09:14 IST

Ireland's railway company says one of its drivers has been wounded by detonators that accidentally exploded in his train cabin.

Irish rail operator Iarnrod Eireann says the driver suffered hand wounds and potential ear damage when a safety equipment bag containing the detonators blew up on Tuesday. The company declined to identify the driver.

Railway detonators, in use since the 1840s, are used to alert other trains to dangers ahead on the line. Train personnel bind them to the tracks so that they explode when the next train runs over them. This causes no damage but makes a bang loud enough to alert the driver to slow down.

Iarnrod Eireann says Tuesday's accident in the Dublin suburb of Bray disrupted services on the capital's commuter train service, called the DART.