021 Train crash at Boher
THE village of Boher, just a few miles outside Limerick City, hit the local and national headlines when two goods trains crashed on Saturday, September 25, 1954. While there was extensive damage, there were no fatalities.
The Limerick Leader wrote: The little railway station of Boher, Co. Limerick, was today completely isolated following a collision between two goods trains early this morning. Fortunately, only one man was injured, Mr. Billy Kennedy, the fireman. He suffered a broken collar bone jumping from the train. Our reporter who visited the scene of the crash writes that the collision took place at 7.40 a.m. The trains involved were the ex Waterford to Limerick, 10 p.m. goods train and the ex Limerick 6 a.m. goods train. They collided almost in the station premises. The crew of the Limerick goods train were John Hegarty, driver, Rosbrien, Limerick; fireman, Ned Walsh, Limerick Junction, and guard, Tom Cleary, Limerick Junction. The Waterford train was served by driver, William Downes, Limerick; fireman, Billy Kennedy, Pennywell, Limerick, and guard Ger Lynch, Limerick.
It is understood that the Limerick train was stationary in Boher station when the collision took place. Both trains met head on and so great was the impact that eight wagons were telescoped, timber work being scattered for a quarter of a mile along the permanent way. The two locomotives were jammed together and it is a matter for surprise that one or both did not explode. Just before the trains came in contact driver Downes of the Waterford train made his fireman Billy Kennedy jump clear. It is believed had he not jumped, judging from his position in the cabin, he would have been killed. The wagons were loaded with Jacobs Biscuits. Miss Kathleen O’Neill of Boher acted as the Good Samaritan supplying light refreshments to the members of the two crews who were shocked by the fierce impact.
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