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Woman killed and another seriously injured after being struck by train in Co Sligo

The scene in Ballysadare, Co Sligo, where one woman has died and another left badly hurt after they were hit by a train. Picture by Darek Novak/PA Wire
The scene in Ballysadare, Co Sligo, where one woman has died and another left badly hurt after they were hit by a train. Picture by Darek Novak/PA Wire The scene in Ballysadare, Co Sligo, where one woman has died and another left badly hurt after they were hit by a train. Picture by Darek Novak/PA Wire

ONE woman has died and another has been left seriously injured after the pair were struck by a train in Co Sligo.

The incident happened in Ballysadare on Wednesday, involving the 3.05pm train service from Sligo to Connolly Station in Dublin.

The body of the dead woman, who was in her 40s, remained at the scene on Wednesday evening.

The other woman, who is in her 20s, is being treated at Sligo University Hospital for serious injuries.

Rail services have been disrupted as the train remained at the scene of the incident. It cannot be moved until permission has been granted by Gardaí.

A hundred people initially stuck on board have now disembarked for a bus service, officials said.

The coroner and specialist crash investigators have been alerted to the collision.

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Martin Kenny, said his thoughts are with those affected.

"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," he said.

"I am sure the people of the north-west 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 in Sligo University Hospital.

"I want to commend the quick action of our emergency services in attending the scene so promptly this evening."

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.