Train crash kills one and injures many more
One man has been killed and several others have been seriously injured in a rail crash near Donemana Station, Co. Tyrone last night, after a train was derailed.
A passenger on the train described the accident: ‘Suddenly there was a dreadful shock. We were all thrown against each other; the light went out and we were in the dark. I shall never forget the scene. I could not be sure in the dark that there were not dead and dying all around, and the screams and moans of the people were frightful. We dragged one or two out, but some were caught so we had to break the woodwork to release them. All the time steam was rushing out of the engine.’
The dead man has been named as Michael McPhilemy who had been helping collect tickets on the special excursion train to Portrush from Strabane. The driver of the train, Neal Fullerton, and the fireman, William Doherty, were today charged with driving a train in such a manner as to kill and injure. Their trial is expected to take place later this month.