Eight Hurt In Train Derailment

Rail accident in Argyll


British Transport Police (BTP) are trying to determine the cause of a rail accident that left eight people injured when a train carriage derailed and caught fire.

The first carriage of the two-car 6.20pm Glasgow to Oban service was left hanging over the A85 road on Sunday after the incident near the Falls of Cruachan power station, by Loch Awe in Argyll.

All 60 people were rescued from the train and no-one suffered a serious injury. Some passengers described seeing "balls of flame" in the carriage, which ended up "precariously balanced" over a 50ft embankment.

The eight people were being treated at three different hospitals, with none of their injuries thought to be life-threatening. Network Rail engineers were working to "make the train secure".

A BTP spokesman said: "At this stage there is nothing to suggest any criminality. There are a few big boulders lying about on the railway line. Early indications are it's probably been a landslide but investigations are under way. There are a number of officers on scene from British Transport Police and Strathclyde Police."

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Elaine Russell from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “We welcome the investigations and hope they will go on to determine the cause of this crash. Although relieved that more people were not injured, this incident serves to remind that train crashes are extremely serious and we hope that lessons will be learnt to ensure this never happens again.”