Thursday, 03 September 2015

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Freight train collision shuts West Coast Main Line

The West Coast Main Line remains closed after two freight trains collided two miles north of Penrith.

West Coast Main line crash photo
Two trains collided on the West Coast Mainline

Network Rail says that the trains, which were involved in track maintenance work, collided at low speed at 1.30pm on Sunday.

It is understood that one wagon and a locomotive came off the southbound tracks.

Unconfirmed reports say the driver of one of the trains jumped clear before the collision and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Network Rail is laying on buses to ferry passengers between Carlisle and Penrith, adding up to an hour to journeys.

It now expects the line to reopen around 1pm today (Monday).

A spokesman for Network Rail: "We and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are investigating the collision."

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