Pedestrian dies after being struck by train

A WOMAN died today (Saturday) after being struck by a train at a level crossing in Co. Mayo.

The impact occurred at Knockshanbally, Straide, near Foxford.

The victim, a pensioner, died at the scene.

She was struck by a passenger train travelling from Manulla Junction to Ballina.

There were about 20 passengers on the feeder train at the time. None of them was injured. They were later bussed to their destination.

The train involved remains at the scene as gardaí and Irish Rail personnel begin an investigation.

The victim's remains have been removed to the mortuary at Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be held.

There have been a number of accidents over the years at the level crossing concerned.

In 2008, a retired local farmer was killed when he was struck by a passenger train at the same level crossing which is unautomated and unmanned.