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Emergency services at the scene in Sligo. James Connolly

Woman in her 40s dies after being struck by train in Co Sligo, second woman injured

The incident happened at around 4pm on the train line at Knocks Park, Ballisadare, Co. Sligo.

LAST UPDATE | 14 Jun 2023

A WOMAN IN her 40s has died after being hit by a train in Co Sligo, while a second female in her 20s has been hospitalised with serious injuries.

It’s understood that the women attempted to jump clear of the train but that they were hit.

The incident involved the 3.05pm service from Sligo to Dublin and occurred at around 4pm on the train line at Knocks Park, Ballisadare, Co. Sligo. 

The body of the deceased woman is still at the scene.

The second woman in her 20s is being treated at Sligo University Hospital.

Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene and Forensic Collision Investigators are en route.

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Around 100 people were on board the train when the incident happened, but they have now disembarked for a bus service, officials said.

The train cannot be moved until permission has been granted by gardaí.

Train services are operating between Dublin Connolly and Boyle only, with bus transfer between Boyle and Sligo.

It’s expected that all services will operate as normal in the morning. 

Initial reports from the scene had described the victims of the accident as young girls – additional information on the incident was later provided by gardaí confirming the women in question were aged in their 40s and 20s.

Sligo-Leitrim TD Martin Kenny extended his sympathies and condolences to the people affected by the incident. 

“I want to extend my sympathies to the family, friends and community of the lady who has tragically lost her life this evening in Sligo,” said Kenny.
“I am sure the people of the northwest will join me in extending our thoughts to the young lady who was also seriously injured in this collision, as she is treated for serious injuries this evening.”

He commended the “quick action of emergency services in attending the scene so promptly”. 

“I understand they are still at the scene, and I would ask people travelling through the area affected to heed any diversions that may still be in place,” said Kenny.
He added: “This incident will lead to a difficult time ahead for the family and friends of those involved. As a community, we must come together and support them in any way possible.”

garda at scene Gardai near scene of train accident at Collooney, Co. Sligo. James Connolly James Connolly

Independent TD for the area, Marc MacSharry, said he has been left shocked by “this horrific and tragic accident”.

He said his thoughts and prayers are with the family of the women, as well as Irish Rail staff and the passengers.

- With reporting by Hayley Halpin, Diarmuid Pepper and Press Association

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