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Northern Ireland teen Shea Martin dies after being struck by early morning train

By Gillian Halliday

Tributes have been paid to a young Co Armagh man who died after being hit by a train early yesterday morning.

The 19-year-old, from Lurgan, has been named locally as Shea Martin.

He was struck at Bells Row in Lurgan by the 6.30am train from Portadown to Belfast.

Emergency services were swiftly called to the incident, which resulted in the temporary closure of the line between Moira and Lurgan as two ambulance crews and one doctor made frantic attempts to save the young man's life.

However, he sadly passed away at the scene, a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service later confirmed.

There has been an outpouring of support for Shea's devastated family, including his parents Tracy and Liam and his siblings Liam and Maria.

Dozens of sympathy messages have been posted by family friends and well-wishers on social media.

Upper Bann SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly extended her deepest sympathies to the teenager's family.

"It's a devastating blow to the community and my thoughts and prayers are with them - they're a very well-liked family locally - and also with the driver of the train and the ambulance crew," she said.

"First responders are often affected by tragic incidents and they must get all the support that they need.

"This is the second tragedy for the community in just over a week.

"Last week we had the funeral of Niall O'Hanlon from Magheralin, who sadly passed away in a road accident.

"No doubt the community will rally again around this young man's family."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart also offered her condolences.

"This incident has shocked people in the local area," she said.

"My sympathies are with the family and friends of this young man whose life has ended so suddenly. There is obviously an ongoing investigation and it is important this establish the circumstances around this tragic incident."

The PSNI is currently investigating and has appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 101.

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