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Concrete lorry crashes through railway bridge onto train

At least five people have been injured after a concrete mixer lorry fell from a bridge on to a passenger train in Surrey, a Network Rail spokesman has said.

The vehicle fell from an overbridge landing on coaches of a South West Trains service in Oxshott just after 3pm this afternoon.

The spokesman said: “At around 3.30pm at Oxshott in Surrey the 3.05pm Guildford to London Waterloo service operated by South West Trains was halted when a concrete mixer lorry came off an overbridge.

“The vehicle landed on some of the train’s coaches of an eight-coach unit. So far, there are no reports of fatalities though it is believed there are several people injured.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said up to 40 people were on the train, four of whom suffered minor injuries. He said the lorry driver is “more seriously injured”.

Around six ambulances and response vehicles were at the scene in Oxshott, a South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said. It appeared “a lorry has fallen off a bridge on to a train”, she said.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the incident had taken place on a branch line, not a main line and therefore would not result in major disruption to the rail network.

The company said there were no trains running between Surbiton and Effingham Junction via Oxshott, with replacement buses being arranged.

A South West Trains spokesman said: “Our first priority and thoughts are for those who have been injured in this incident, as well as their families and loved ones, and our own employees.

“Our response team is attending the scene and we are working with Network Rail and the emergency services to ensure those involved in the incident are given every assistance. Safety is our absolute priority and we will do everything in our power to assist the investigation into the accident.”

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