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Friday 28 April 2017

Body of Dublin woman (29) tragically killed by train in UK set to return home

Crystal Conlon
Crystal Conlon
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The body of a Dublin woman who was tragically killed by a train in Birmingham last Thursday is expected to be returned to her family this week.

UK police are working with the Department of Foreign Affairs to help the family of 29-year-old Crystal Conlon, who is from the Meath Street area.

She had travelled by ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in the early hours of last Thursday before getting a coach to New Street Station in Birmingham.

She was with a man and police believe the pair were planning to travel onwards from there.

Police said it was understood the pair had been trying to get to Worcester and boarded a train at New Street shortly before 6am, getting off a short time later at Barnt Green.

The two then tried to walk across the line to reach another platform, but while the man made it, Ms Conlon was hit by a train.

While police believe the incident was a tragic accident, they had issued an appeal to Ms Conlon's companion to come forward. "The woman's family are understandably devastated and it is important we understand the circumstances leading up to her death so we can give them the answers they so desperately need," police had stated.

On Saturday night, British Transport Police (BTP) said the man had made contact with them. The man is now "helping officers with their inquiries", a statement from BTP said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the Irish Independent last night that it is providing consular assistance to Ms Conlon's family in organising repatriation of her remains to Dublin.

Irish Independent

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