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Slope stability fears keep rail line closed

FEARS OF landslides were this week expected to keep the Londonderry to Belfast rail line closed even after repairs following Tuesday's derailment had been repaired.

Eight people were injured when the three-coach train was derailed by boulders which had tumbled down a steep hillside and on to the track.

One coach finished up on its side on the adjacent beach.

Although the driver suffered a broken leg, other injuries were generally minor.

Translink, the state owned organisation of which Northern Ireland Railways is a subsidiary, has launched an immediate inquiry. 'We expect to have the line repaired in two or three days, but our main concern is the stability of the slope above,' the spokeswoman said.

'At the moment we haven't established who owns the land where the boulders originated or what stability work will be needed, but until we're sure the slope is safe we won't be resuming services.' All three carriages have now been removed from the scene, but a bad break in the track has still to be repaired.

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