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Fast snow melt triggered Scots landslip derailment


HEAVY SNOW followed by heavy rain caused a landslide that derailed a train near Inverness in Scotland on 26 November.

The train travelling from Inverness to Edinburgh at 7.20am ploughed into an estimated 120t of earth causing the front carriage to derail.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said investigations of an embankment found that rainfall that followed heavy snow the day before the incident had melted the snow quickly and caused the land to slip out of the embankment and on to the line.

Police, ambulance, the fi re brigade, the RAF and RAF mountain rescue teams were called to the scene at Moy, 16km south of Inverness. Nine people with minor injuries were airlifted to safety and the rest of the passengers were walked from the scene. The earth was removed from the line and a speed restriction put in place.

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