Passenger train derails in northwestern England

February 23, 2007 23:30


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A passenger train derailed Friday night in northwestern England, police said. The Virgin train was traveling from London to Glasgow when it derailed in the northwest county of Cumbria, according to BBC television. It was immediately unclear how many people were injured. "A train has crashed between Oxenholme and Tebay, but that is all we know at the moment," a British Transport Police spokeswoman said, naming two towns in the region. Witnesses talking to BBC television said the train had derailed and slipped down an embankment. Passenger Ruth Colton told the BBC that people, some with bruises or broken bones, were crawling out of the train's carriages. Fire services were arriving on the scene, she said. "I was reading a book and it started to get bumpy like we were moving through heavy wind and the carriage suddenly flipped over," Colton said. "Things started flying all over ... I grabbed my armrest. All I saw was bags flying all over and people were shouting," she said.

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