Train hit as gales blow down tree

A passenger train was hit by a falling tree in high winds near Belfast today.

A passenger train was hit by a falling tree in high winds near Belfast today.

Nobody was hurt in the incident on the line near Cultra, Co Down, but the driver of the train, which had been on its way from Bangor, was treated for shock.

The British Met Office reported gales of up to 70mph. Some roads in and around Newry, Downpatrick and Banbridge, all in Co Down, were blocked by fallen trees.

Ferry services between Belfast and Stranraer and Cairnryan, Scotland, were also hit and sailings between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island off the north coast were halted as well.

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