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Jedburgh woman Maureen Elliott-Barry dies in Adelaide car accident

Image caption The incident happened in Adelaide on Monday

A former Jedburgh woman has been killed in an accident in Australia after being run over by her own car.

Home care worker Maureen Elliott-Barry, 52, was delivering shopping to an elderly client when the vehicle rolled backwards in the drive, crushing her.

Police in Adelaide said she was pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:40 on Monday.

Mrs Elliott-Barry was born in Jedburgh, and attended the local secondary school.

She emigrated 25 years ago and is survived by her husband, daughters and grandchildren.

'Loved and respected'

Mrs Elliott-Barry - who lived in the Golden Grove area of the South Australian capital - still has relatives in Scotland who are understood to be flying out to Australia for her funeral.

In a short statement her family said: "Maureen worked for Anglicare SA for more than seven years and she has worked in aged care for more than 15 years.

"She was very loved and respected by everyone she knew and she will be sadly missed."

Anglicare and safety at work organisation SafeWork SA are investigating the death, with the homecare policies of Anglicare to be reviewed.

Anglicare said staff, clients and volunteers were receiving counselling and support.

Police are trying to determine the exact cause of the accident.

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