Sligo train accident: Garda appeal for witnesses

Sligo train accident: Garda appeal for witnesses
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Garda in Sligo are looking for any witnesses to the train collision.

At around 3:25 on Wednesday afternoon, Jessica McLoughlin, a woman in her 40s, was killed on the rail line at Knocks Park near Ballisodare.

Her niece, a woman in her 20s, shattered several bones and is currently receiving non-life-threatening care tonight at Sligo University Hospital.

The Dublin to Sligo train service, which arrived in Sligo that day at 2 p.m., as well as the Dublin to Sligo service, which departed Sligo at 1 p.m., are of particular interest to the Garda.

It comes as separate investigations into the event have been opened by forensic experts from the Garda, inspectors from Iarnród Éireann, and the Railway Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU).

The two women, who were strolling down the track when they were struck, are both from Cranmore in Sligo town.

Although the investigations are in their early stages, according to The Irish Times, some witnesses claim the motorist honked repeatedly before the crash.

According to one eyewitness account, which is quite credible, both women attempted to leave the tracks in order to dodge the approaching train.

The women got off at Collooney, which is a single stop distant, on an earlier train that day from Sligo, according to the Garda.

Why the women got off at that point is unclear. When she is healthy enough to be interviewed, Rebecca McLoughlin may be able to help the investigating garda.