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Coleraine

Burning car left on train track between Belfast and Derry

The incident took place around 9pm last night.

NORTHERN IRELAND’S INFRASTRUCTURE minister said she is “deeply concerned” after a burning car was left on a railway track near Bellarena.

Translink confirmed the incident occurred around 9pm yesterday evening and involved the 1910 train from Belfast to Derry.

Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway said that “the train driver reacted quickly and thankfully brought the train to a stop safely, short of where the car was burning”.

“The train crew ensured all safety procedures were followed with the incident swiftly reported and emergency services attended the scene,” Conway said.

“The train returned to Coleraine Station, where six passengers got off safely for onward connections by road. It is very fortunate that no-one has been injured in this incident,” he said.

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon condemned the incident, which she said left her “deeply concerned and troubled”.

“I am so relieved to hear that passengers and crew are all safe,” Mallon said. 

“It is unimaginable to think what could have happened this evening had it not been for the prompt action of the driver and crew,” she said.

“I want to express my gratitude to them and to the emergency services. I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact the PSNI.”

Conway said Translink would be working with the PSNI to investigate the incident, adding: “We utterly condemn this attack which had the potential for very serious consequences.”

The PSNI are appealing for information as they investigate the incident.

Chief Inspector MclIdowney described the incident as “reckless endangerment to life” and praised the “heroics of our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service”.

“Our investigation is currently underway to establish the circumstances into this incident. We are appealing for any witnesses to contact police on quoting serial number 1945 of the 12/04/21.

“The railway line currently remains closed at this time.”

Additional reporting by Niall O’Connor

 

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