Tragic pensioner struck by train while trying to rescue her dog from tracks
An elderly woman and her beloved sheepdog were both killed after they were struck by a train in Co Mayo.
The woman, named locally as Bridie McHale (70) from Straide, died after she was hit by a train near her local village at around 11.30am on Saturday morning.
Ms McHale had chased her sheepdog onto to the tracks and the pair were killed.
The driver attempted to avoid hitting the woman by sounding the horn and applying the emergency brake, the Sunday World reports.
A total of 17 passengers were travelling on the two carriage train from Manulla junction to Ballina were uninjured.
The victim's body was removed to Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.
"It is our understanding that the woman has followed her dog - who had broken free - on to the tracks," an Irish Rail spokesperson told independent.ie
The passengers on the train were later transported to their destination by bus.
Gardai and Irish Rail are currently investigating the incident.
Local councillor Michael Kilcoyne (Ind) told the Sunday World that Ms Mchale has a large "well-regarded" family.
"It's an awful tragedy and my condolences go to the family, including her husband."