Teenager dies after train incident

Road closed at Bells Row Lurgan after person is struck by a train
Road closed at Bells Row Lurgan after person is struck by a train

A teenager has died after being struck by a train early this morning in Lurgan.

It is understood the teenage boy passed away after the incident at Bells Row railway crossing.

The road closed at Bells Row, Lurgan

The road closed at Bells Row, Lurgan

Translink has said the train line is closed between Moira and Portadown.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the 6.30am train from Portadown to Belfast, struck a member of the public at Bells Row in Lurgan.

“The line was closed and emergency services called to the scene.

“Due to the timing of this incident, securing bus substitution services has been challenging causing disruption to some customers’ morning commute. Valid rail tickets were accepted on scheduled bus services.”

The spokesperson added that staff were working to restore rail services as quickly as possible between Belfast and Moira and are establishing bus substitution services between Moira and Portadown.

“Cross border passengers are being bussed between Belfast and Newry for onward rail connections,” he added.

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

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has said the community was devastated by the news that someone had been struck by a train in Lurgan.

The SDLP MLA offered her thoughts and prayers to those affected at this very difficult time.

Mrs Kelly said: “It has been confirmed that a man was struck by a train in the early hours this morning in Lurgan. While the police are continuing their investigations I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the SDLP to those affected at this very difficult time.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie MC, expressed his condolences to the family of the victim of this morning’s fatal incident on the railway line in Lurgan

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the young man who was killed this morning in Lurgan. Once again a family are left mourning the loss of a loved one.

“If anyone has any information can they please contact the PSNI or NIR.”