Police investigate sudden death on Derry railway line

Forensic officers working at the scene of a fatal accident involving a train, a short distance from the main railway station in Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

THE main Derry to Coleraine railway line remained closed on Tuesday night after a body was found on the track close to the city’s St Columb’s Park.

Police in forensic officers were tasked to the scene in what police described as a “sudden death.”

Passengers using the Derry to Belfast service were transported by bus from the city to Coleraine.

Sinn Féin assembly member, Raymond McCartney said people were shocked that someone had died following an incident on the railway close to Caw Park.

Former SDLP mayor, Martin Reilly also offered his condolences.

Ulster Unionist councillor Mary Hamilton said news that someone had died on the railway line was horrific.

“I would like to extend my sympathies to the family of the deceased and to the driver of the train who discovered the body.”

DUP MLA Gary Middleton said his "thoughts were with the family"

He added that the news about the death close to Caw Park was "heartbreaking".

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