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Funeral for Antrim man killed by train at rail crossing

The funeral will take place today of Colin Phoenix, the Co Antrim man who died on a train line in Ballymoney.

The service and committal will take place at Roselawn Crematorium in Belfast from noon.

Mr Phoenix was hit by a train at a crossing at Balnamore Road at about 9pm last Thursday.

Police are investigating but his death is not being treated as suspicious. Mr Phoenix, who was in his 50s, lived at Charlotte Street in Ballymoney and was a dad-of-three — Hannah, Campbell and Max. His wife Sandra described him as her best friend. Mr Phoenix’s family asked for anyone who wished to make donations to address them to Autism NI.

Mr Phoenix had been volunteering recently in the Ballymoney area, working at the Northern Regional College and at Ballymoney Borough Council's offices. Trevor Neilands, director/chief executive, of the Northern Regional College, expressed his condolences to Mr Phoenix’s family.

He said: “All of us at Northern Regional College are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Colin Phoenix.

“As the father of one of our students he played an active role in the college, contributing not just to the educational needs of his son, but also as a familiar and welcome face to staff at the Ballymoney campus.”

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