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Mrleft8
02-24-2007, 10:04 AM
BBC NEWS
Train crashes in Lake District
Passengers are reported to be injured and trapped after a train derailed
and slid down an embankment in Cumbria.

Nine carriages were left on their side, with some "stuck up in the air",
passengers said. Fire crews said it was thought there were "numerous
injuries".

The Virgin train, the 1715 from London Euston to Glasgow Central, crashed
at Grayrigg near Kendal at 2015 GMT. It had been due in Glasgow at 2154
GMT.

Passenger Caroline Thomson said the train seemed to hit something.

The BBC executive said there were "lots and lots" of walking wounded at the
scene.

RAF helicopters, police and fire crews have been sent to the scene of
collision, between Oxenholme and Tebay in the Lake District.

Cumbria Ambulance Service said six to eight people were feared trapped in
one of the carriages of the train. The train had about 180 people on board,
the fire service said.

There's some carriages stuck up in the air and some are just lying on their
sides
Ruth Colton, passenger

Michael Mulford from RAF Kinloss rescue centre said his crews were
searching the carriages "systematically and are finding people injured in
all sorts of places".

"What the helicopters are being used for at the moment will be casualty
evacuation," he said.

"Three big hospitals are already on major standby and at least one other is
ready to receive as well."

Ms Thomson said the train "did a sort of bump - and I was thinking don't
worry this fine - but then the swaying became very dramatic.

"It suddenly appeared to hit something and then lurched very, very badly
from side to side in a very dramatic way. This a very scary experience."

The Pendolino tilting trains, which are built in Italy, have been
introduced by Virgin over the last three years and have a top speed of 125
mph.

Network Rail said the line speed for the area where the crash took place
was about 95 mph.

In a statement on its website, Virgin Trains confirmed a "serious incident"
had taken place.

"Virgin Trains staff are currently working with the emergency services to
ensure that those involved in this incident are given every assistance," it
said.

Services between Preston and Carlisle have been suspended until further
notice and alternative arrangements for customers, using road vehicles, are
being made.

Another passenger, Ruth Colton, said: "I was just reading a book and it
started to get really bumpy like we were being battered by heavy winds or
something and then suddenly the carriage flipped over.

"Pretty much all of the carriages are off the track.

"The train seems to have fallen down an embankment and rolled...

"There's some carriages stuck up in the air and some are just lying on
their sides. We all had to climb out the top of one of ours".

People worried about friends or relatives on the train are asked to ring a
British Transport Police family liaison centre on 0800 40 50 40.

Passengers, meanwhile, are being advised to ring National Rail Enquiries on
08457 48 49 50 before starting journeys.

An emergency services number for friends and relatives is also to be issued
shortly by Virgin Trains.

Hwyl
02-24-2007, 11:09 AM
I read this on the Beeb. An eighty year old lady died. They're blaming it on the points (switches in U.S. English).

Mrleft8
02-25-2007, 09:20 AM
Not far from Grange on Sands and Cartmel is it?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
02-25-2007, 05:25 PM
Two points struck me:

1. Why was there a facing crossover on a main line - these have been highly undesirable since the early days of railways.

2. Train design has improved no end - no "telescoped" carriages, no fire, only one fatality out of 150-odd passengers in a 90mph smash, and she an elderly lady.

Mrleft8
02-28-2007, 09:28 AM
Two points struck me:

1. Why was there a facing crossover on a main line - these have been highly undesirable since the early days of railways.

2. Train design has improved no end - no "telescoped" carriages, no fire, only one fatality out of 150-odd passengers in a 90mph smash, and she an elderly lady.
What makes you think that ALL 150 passengers were odd? Were they ALL British? :D

Hwyl
02-28-2007, 09:36 AM
There is actually fairly relevant news today, the line had been videographed but no-one had viewed the video

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6403573.stm