Man's arm severed at railway crossing
Published 11/01/2016 | 11:49
A man is recovering in hospital after his arm was severed at a railway crossing.
The man, believed to be in his 60s, was hit by the train at Finaghy train halt on Saturday night at around 11.20pm.
It is understood he was on the track at the time of the incident.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Victoria Hospital said his condition was stable.
Translink said that emergency services were called to the scene after an incident involving a "trespasser".
Police have said they are not investigating the incident.
An eyewitness reported that police recovered part of the severed arm from the scene.
"The policeman had the arm and they were talking about trying to keep the arm on ice," he said.
"Police drove the ambulance, as the ambulance crew were working on the man.
"It was pitch black. I do not think the people on the train would have seen what was going on."
One traveller, unaware of the collision, tweeted Translink with the query: "Is there any chance of letting us off the train at Finaghy?" shortly after the incident occurred. Bus substitutions were then put in place and the line was reopened at 1.30am.
Ambulance Service spokesman John McPoland confirmed that police drove the ambulance to hospital while ambulance personnel worked on the casualty.
He said one crew attended following a report of a "very serious arm injury" and arrived on the scene within eight minutes.
"They were there for 15 minutes at the scene," he said.
Local DUP councillor Alderman Christopher Stalford praised the emergency services for their quick response.
"I was shocked to hear what happened," he said. "It just shows the danger of being on the tracks. Regarding these threats, Northern Ireland Railways has done extensive work to warn people to stay off the train tracks. It can have such a devastating impact.
"There has been nothing similar at Finaghy and it just goes to show how isolated these incidents are and probably reflects how effective the advertisement campaign has been around this issue.
"What happened to this man on Saturday was a dreadful occurrence and I hope he recovers given the injuries."
Alderman Stalford said the response of the ambulance crew and police was an example of them doing an "excellent job".
"The quick response of the emergency services is something to be praised," he said.
South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir also tweeted: "Best wishes for recovery to man injured by train at Finaghy Halt. Kudos to ambulance service and PSNI for rapid response."