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Woman in Mayo struck by train and killed after chasing dog that got onto tracks

An investigation into the circumstances of the incident has been launched.

A WOMAN HAS died after being struck by a train in Mayo this morning.

The incident occurred at 11.30am. It is understood the woman was walking her dog when it ran up the line. She went after the dog and although the driver sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake, the train struck the woman, fatally injuring her.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail described it as a “tragic accident”.

“Our sympathies are with her family and ourselves and the Rail Accident Investigation Unit are investigating it,” they added.

The line is now closed and the Manulla to Ballina service has been replaced by a bus transfer while emergency services attend the scene.

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