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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 May, 2004, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
Investigation into train death
The remains of the victim's car at the trackside
An investigation is under way after an elderly woman was killed when her car collided with a train in County Londonderry.

The incident happened at a railway crossing near Limavady, involving the 1315 BST Derry to Coleraine train, according to police.

The collision occurred on the Seacoast Road at Benone shortly before 1400 BST on Tuesday.

The woman in her 70s was from the Benone area and was believed to have been on her way to feed sheep.

The train was travelling at about 70mph at the time and was derailed in the crash, but none of the 34 passengers on board was injured.

Northern Ireland Railways said it was investigating the incident.
The three carriage train was derailed by impact
The three carriage train was derailed by impact

The track at the scene of the crash was damaged and train services on the single line are being disrupted.

A Translink spokesman said the incident occurred at an unmanned accommodation crossing between Umbra and Magilligan, off the Seacoast Road.

The company said a bus substitution service would be in operation between Coleraine and Londonderry.

Ciaran Rogan from Translink said he hoped the inquiry would shed light on the cause of the accident.

"Something like this is always a tragedy - particularly when there is a fatality," he said.

"There are always lessons to be learnt and we hope that they will be learnt after a full and formal investigation.

"It is fortunate that nobody on the train was injured and that people did walk from the train and were taken on to Coleraine and Derry."

BBC NI's Jeremy Mitchell
reports from the scene of the accident

Translink's Linda Shannon:
"An inquiry has begun into this incident"

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