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Train line closed as emergency services attend ‘sudden death’ of woman in Ballymena




Police and other emergency services are currently at the scene of the sudden death of a woman near the railway tracks outside Ballymena.


One traveller who was onboard a train from Ballymoney to Antrim, told Love Ballymena his train was stopped on the track north of Ballymena, shortly after 6pm on Sunday evening, 31 July.



After a short wait on the line, the train was subsequently returned to Ballymoney station.


Around four police vehicles were seen outside the Ballymena Railway Station as the incident unfolded.


A police spokesperson said:


“The rail line has been closed following the incident and is expected to remain closed for some time.



“There are no further details at this stage.”


A Translink spokesperson said:


“We can confirm there was a tragic incident on the train line near Ballymena Station at around 5.15pm on Sunday 31 July.


“The line between Cullybackey and Antrim has been closed and bus substitutions are being put in place until further notice. Valid rail tickets will be accepted on scheduled bus services. Passengers should make alternative arrangements if possible.



“Emergency services have been called to the scene.


“An investigation is currently underway”.


Alliance MLA Patricia O’Lynn has appealed for anyone with information to get in contact with police. The North Antrim MLA said:


“This is terribly tragic news, which has shocked and saddened people in Ballymena.


“While the circumstances surrounding the death are not clear. I would appeal for anyone with information on this matter to contact police immediately.”


Ballymena Railway Station remains cordoned off by police on Sunday evening.

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