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Train derails at Watford after landslip

Watford derailment virgin rescue train in distance

A train derailed on the West Coast Main Line near Watford this morning (September 16) after it hit a landslip caused by torrential rain.

The accident happened just before 7am at the north end of the Watford Tunnel. Soon after another train heading north hit the derailed train, but that train did not derail. Network Rail described the impact as a ‘glancing blow’. There were no reported injuries and the derailed train remained upright.

Network rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “Passengers have been safely removed from both trains and two of the four lines through the area are open.”

 “Our priority is to make the landslip safe and fully reopen the railway as soon as it is safe to do so. A full investigation into what happened will take place,” he added.

It comes as the Environment Agency is warning of more heavy rainfall tonight and tomorrow.

Flood risk manager Jonathan Day said: “Environment Agency teams are out on the ground clearing screens and debris, and will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary. We will support local authorities responding to surface water flooding.”

Pictured is the landslip and the Virgin Trains rescue train.

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