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Man killed by train tried to get off tracks

THE family of a man who died after being struck by a train have described him as a dedicated charity worker who "just loved people".

Dermot Corr (62), died when he was hit by a Dublin to Cork train at Sallins station in Co Kildare yesterday. It's believed he was trying to retrieve an item from the track.


Last night, Mr Corr's mother and sister, both named Anne, paid tribute to the man they said lived a quiet, simple life.

His sister said he was passionate about his work for various charities. "He was always out and about selling his tickets and he obviously loved people because he went from door to door selling them. So many people seemed to know him."

Mr Corr, a single man with no children and an address in Sallins, but formerly of Monread Road, Naas, was thought to be waiting for a train when the accident occurred.

An Irish Rail spokesman said it is believed that Mr Corr was "trying to retrieve something that had fallen". Mr Corr tried to get back up on to the platform when he saw the train approaching and the driver hit the emergency stop button, said the spokesman.

The train was travelling through the station at its normal speed of 90mph, he added.

The train, due to its speed, came to a halt a half-mile up the track and passengers remained on board. The driver was relieved from duty and will be provided with counselling.

Emergency services arrived at the scene shortly after the 10.20am accident and the tracks between Hazelhatch and Newbridge were closed until 1.30pm.

One of Mr Corr's neighbours, John McLoughlin, last night described him as "a character" who would be sadly missed.