Monday 20 November 2017

Probe after engine on Belfast to Dublin train catches fire

Lesley-Anne McKeown

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire on board a cross-border passenger train.

The blaze broke out in the engine of the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train forcing it to stop just short of Newry.

Passengers who had to stay on board while crews tackled the flames were moved towards the rear of the vehicle. Up to 15 firefighters in three appliances were involved in the incident.

A fire service spokesman said it had been difficult to control.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, who visited the scene praised the quick actions of Translink staff.

He said: "This has been a distressing situation for all passengers concerned and I am very relieved that no-one has been injured.

"I am very grateful for the quick actions of the driver and Translink staff in dealing with this incident and also for the emergency services in responding to this incident so quickly."

Leo Varadkar, the Republic's Transport Minister, has also been updated on the situation.

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