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Emergency services attend major incident outside Ballymena

Emergency services are in attendance at a major incident on the Cushendall Road, outside Rathkenny, Ballymena, on Wednesday afternoon (22 September).

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) were tasked to reports of a barn on fire on the Cushendall Road at 3.15pm.

6 Fire Appliances are currently in attendance – 2 from Ballymena Fire Station, 2 from Kilrea Fire Station and 1 each from Cushendall and Coleraine Fire Stations. HEMS Air Ambulance also attended the scene.

It is understood a male with serious injuries was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, while a second female patient has been transported to Antrim Area Hospital.

A spokesperson for NIFRS said:

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using 1 hose reel jet and 1 foam jet to tackle the fire. The incident is ongoing.”

The road is currently blocked, and police are advising motorists to avoid the area:

“Motorists are advised to expect delays following a report of a fire at the Cushendall Road area of Ballymena.

“Diversions in place at the Cushendall Road and the Drumagrove Road and the Glenravel Road, and the Islandstown Road.

“Please seek alternative main routes for your journey.”