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Probe as train strikes construction equipment on line

Published 04/02/2016

No-one was hurt in the incident
No-one was hurt in the incident

Passengers and staff avoided injury when a train struck a piece of construction equipment in Northern Ireland.

Translink has launched an investigation into the incident on a section of line just south of Lisburn.

Translink said the train, an NI Railways local service, hit a piece of "construction excavation equipment" that was on the line at around 6.45am on Thursday.

The incident caused widespread disruption to other services, including the cross-border Enterprise.

Translink said emergency services attended the scene. The line was set to remain closed through much of Thursday.

"There were no injuries to passengers and staff involved and passengers on board were taken safely from the train and transferred onto alternative transport to complete their journey," said a Translink spokeswoman.

"Bus substitution services were immediately arranged for local passengers between Portadown and Lisburn and cross border passengers were bussed between Belfast and Newry. Valid rail tickets were also accepted on bus journeys where appropriate.

"Safety is our top priority and we are currently carrying out a full investigation into the nature of this incident. We have also advised and will be working with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and PSNI.

"The line will remain closed to facilitate the on-going investigation; however, we will be working hard to get the line cleared and services resumed as soon as possible.

"We appreciate this incident is causing disruption for our customers and would apologise for the inconvenience caused."

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