Man (62) killed by train was trying to retrieve item from track
A MAN has died in a tragic accident after he was hit by a train in Kildare while trying to retrieve an item from the track.
Dermot Corr (62) was hit by the 10am non-stop Heuston to Cork train at Sallins station yesterday.
"A man went on to the line at Sallins station and it's believed he was trying to retrieve something that had fallen," a spokesman from Irish Rail said.
As it was a direct train to Cork it wouldn't have been stopping at Sallins. It was travelling through the station at its normal speed of 90 miles an hour, explained the spokesman.
Mr Corr attempted to get back up on to the platform when he saw the train approaching and the driver hit the emergency stop button, said the Irish Rail spokesman.
Mr Corr, a single man with no children and an address in Sallins, was believed to have been waiting for a train when the tragic accident occurred at 10.20am. The train, due to its speed, came to a halt a further half mile up the track.
Last night, Mr Corr's mother and sister, both named Anne, paid tribute to the man they said "just loved people". They said Dermot, formerly of Monread Road, Naas, lived a quiet, simple life but that he was passionate about his work for various charities, including one for sufferers of epilepsy.
"He was always out and about selling his tickets and he obviously loved people because he went from door to door selling them," his sister said.
Fine Gael councillor Fintan Brett told the Irish Independent that Mr Corr was "well known in the Naas and Sallins area. "This news is very sad," he said.
Neighbour John McLoughlin, chairman of the Castlefen community group, described Mr Corr as "a character" and said he would be sadly missed.
Irish Rail is working with gardai to establish the full facts surrounding the accident.