'Miracle' girl survives being run over by train

The father of a nine-year-old girl who was run over by a train in Tipperary said it was a "miracle" she survived.

Mary Ryan is in a stable condition in hospital after her narrow escape.

The girl, who has autism, climbed over her garden fence next to the railway line on Monday and was sitting on the track when the train approached.

But a blast of wind from the train knocked her unconscious and she was left lying on the track as the train passed over her.

Her father, Matt Hayes said the family was in shock following the incident but very relieved the girl was okay.

"It was a miracle," Mr Hayes told the Irish Examiner.

"Someone must have been looking after her."

Mary spent the night in the intensive care unit at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

She was playing in the back garden and managed to get over a two-metre wall when her mother went into the house to get something.

A few minutes later she found her daughter unconscious but breathing on the railway line behind their house.

The girl had a head injury from falling backwards onto the ground.

Investigations have been launched by the gardaí, Iarnród Éireann and the Rail Accident Investigation unit following the incident.