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Boy's train dare forces driver to hit the brakes

By Chris Kilpatrick

A train driver was forced to carry out an emergency stop after a teenager jumped onto the track as a stunt.

The reckless dare brought the train -- carrying around 20 passengers -- to a shuddering halt at Station Road, just outside Cullybackey in Co Antrim.

Police have appealed for information after the incident which could have caused not only the death of the teen, but also jeopardised the safety of those on board, according to an MLA.

"I strongly condemn the actions of this individual," said Mervyn Storey of the DUP.

"The potential consequences don't bear thinking about. In this instance you also have to think about the repercussions of this behaviour for the train driver and the passengers of that train.

"It can have serious consequences if the driver has to try and stop a train.

"It could lead to other serious injuries or fatalities."

The incident happened at 9.40pm last Wednesday but details have only emerged. No injuries were reported.

The train had been travelling from Londonderry to Belfast.

Police are currently investigating and have appealed for witnesses to contact them. The male is described as wearing a green top with white Adidas bottoms.

"Members of the public should never, ever play or socialise near or on railway lines and stations as the consequences could be deadly," said a PSNI spokesman.

A spokesperson for Translink said: "The train was required to make an emergency stop and the incident was reported to the PSNI.

"We would remind everyone of the dangers of trespassing on tracks, as in addition to scheduled services there is also testing of the last of our new trains happening day and night.

"Our new fleet is much quieter and faster than our older models and a moment's carelessness could lead to dire consequences."

Translink is running a campaign over the summer based on the 'Deadline' theme highlighting the dangers of crossing the line, whether on the platform or near to tracks.

Witnesses can contact the police on 0845 600 8000.

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