Post mortem to identify man who died on Derry rail tracks

A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow (Thursday) on the body of a man who died on the train tracks in Derry.

Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 11:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 2:48 pm
Ambulance and Council personnel gathered at the cordon close to the train at the bottom of St Columb's Park.
Ambulance and Council personnel gathered at the cordon close to the train at the bottom of St Columb's Park.

Police have confirmed that the post mortem is due to be carried out to formally identify the deceased.

Translink meanwhile have confirmed that the Derry line reopened last night after remaining closed for most of the day as a result of the tragedy.

The line was closed yesterday morning and a train remained on the tracks for much of the day as forensic officers, PSNI, ambulance personnel and Translink Infrastructural Division staff attended the scene.

Cordons were erected at the bottom of St Columb’s Park and at the pedestrian Waterside Greenway, which runs between the rail track and the eastern bank of the River Foyle.

Passengers travelling along the Belfast to Derry route were yesterday rerouted onto coaches at Coleraine.

The death on the rail line sparked widespread shock in the community, with many local people and elected representatives expressing their condolences to the family and offering thoughts and prayers for the train driver and passengers yesterday.