LINCOLNSHIRE: Woman killed in collision between car and train was due to marry this year

PUBLISHED: 16:28 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

Moira Koune.

Moira Koune.

A WOMAN killed when her car was involved in a collision with a train was due to get married later this year. Moira Koune, aged 30, from Welbeck Drive, Spalding, Lincolnshire, died yesterday morning after the car she was driving collided with a Ford Transi

A WOMAN killed when her car was involved in a collision with a train was due to get married later this year.

Moira Koune, aged 30, from Welbeck Drive, Spalding, Lincolnshire, died yesterday morning after the car she was driving collided with a Ford Transit van, before deflecting into the path of an oncoming train.

Indications from Lincolnshire Police and the British Transport Police investigating the collision suggested Moira lost control of her vehicle - a grey Rover 216i - before the crossing in West Road, South Drove, near Spalding.

This caused her to veer into opposing traffic, clipping the Transit van. This impact shunted Moira's Rover into the tracks before the barriers came down.

Moira was set to marry her fiancé, butcher Charlie Grainger, later this year.

Mr Grainger, 49, said in tribute to Moira: "She touched the hearts of everyone she met. She was the kindest person that God put on this earth."

Moira was born in London. She studied history and English at Keele University in Staffordshire before moving to Spalding where her mother and father, Val and Phivos Koune, had moved to run a chip shop - Wygate Fish Bar. Her brother, Andrew Koune, had also moved to the town.

As well as working in the chip shop, she also did shifts at the local Co-op and at the Red Lion pub in Spalding. It was here she met Mr Grainger. The couple fell in love and were together for the last couple of years.

At the time of her death she was working as a teaching assistant at Cowbit Primary School, where she was well-loved by the staff and pupils.

Andrew Koune said in a statement: "As a family we are devastated by the loss of our beloved Moira. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her will have had their lives touched by her kindness and generosity. She was the most loving and caring sister a brother could hope for.

"Our family is no stranger to grief, having lost my father in 2003 to a brain haemorrhage when he was 57. We were just starting to come to terms with the sudden loss and now this tragic accident has taken my sister from us.

"2009 held such promise. Moira planned to marry Charlie and we were all looking forward to it so much. We cannot believe she has been taken from us at such a young age - with so many hopes and dreams unfulfilled

"We will always love my beautiful baby sister - she will be in our hearts forever.


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