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Investigators on site at Cumbria rail crash

Investigators have moved on site to try and determine the cause of a train derailment, which killed one passenger, at Greyrigg, Cumbria just after 8pm on Friday evening.
All nine carriages of the 17.15 Virgin trains service between London Euston and Glasgow are reported to have left the track and slid down the neighbouring embankment. It is understood that the train was travelling at 95mph at the time of the accident.In a statement Virgin said engineers were working with officials investigating the cause of the derailment. 'Virgin Trains will do everything in its power to assist enquiries into finding the cause of this tragic accident and is already working closely with Network Rail and investigative authorities.'Rail and Maritime Transport union general secretary Bob Crow visited the crash site on Friday evening alongside regional organiser John Tilley and the union's local official and managed to speak to emergency services and RMT members. 'Our immediate thoughts must be with the family of the passenger who has died, and with the injured and traumatised passengers and rail staff,' said Crow 'This is a truly horrendous accident and it must be amazing good fortune that with carriages having slid or rolled down the embankment there have not been more fatalities and serious injuries. There is a very high viaduct only a short distance from the crash site and the consequences of the derailment happening there do not bear thinking about.'From the information we have been able to piece together so far there must be strong suspicion that the immediate cause is a points failure, although of course the rail accident inquiry must be allowed to ascertain the full facts.Virgin said it could not comment on the potential cause of the crash until a full investigation has been carried out.'The first thoughts of everyone at Virgin Trains are with the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been injured in this terrible accident. We will do whatever we can to offer assistance in the days ahead.'The emergency services have issued the following number for friends or relatives concerned about anybody travelling on the train: 0800 056 0146

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