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Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:54 pm Reply and quote this post
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All stories available here: http://news.google.co.uk/?ncl=1113902559&hl=en

A Virgin Pendolino train has derailed and slid down an embankment in Cumbria, witnesses say.

Nine carriages were left on their side, with some "stuck up in the air", passengers said. RAF helicopters, police and fire crews have been sent.

It is understood the train was the 1715 GMT Virgin Train from London's Euston Station to Glasgow Central.

Passenger Caroline Thomson, a BBC executive, said the train seemed to hit something and was lying on its side.

The collision is believed to have taken place at Greyrigg Cottage in the Lake District between Oxenholme and Tebay.

Quote:
Ms Thomson said: "The carriage I am in is completely on its side, it did a sort of bump - and I was thinking don't worry this fine - but then the swaying became very dramatic.


"Where I am there are some injuries - a woman with a very badly hurt back but I suspect further up the train it's a bit more serious.

"What happened was that 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."


Last edited by Editorial Team on Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:53 am; edited 6 times in total

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:59 pm Reply and quote this post
EXCLUSIVE EYE WITNESS:
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yer i live near the train track and a train has just stopped for like 15  mins

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:07 pm Reply and quote this post
We will be covering this live.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:09 pm Reply and quote this post
REFRESH PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NEWS
Insp Stamper says:

Several casualties, work with British Transport Police.

No information on serious injuries.

Number for relatives coming soon.

My self and sam are familiar with the area in question

5 to 6 people still trapped.

UPDATE: Near the scene of previous accident

UPDATE: First at scene - following to get to scene in 30mins

UPDATE: Crash near farmhouse

UPDATE: 100 people thought to be on train

UPDATE: First Image from Train



UPDATE: Train crashed just after 8:00PM GMT

UPDATE: Virgin Train Controller trying to contact driver.

UPDATE: RAF Helicopters on route to scene

UPDATE:Four Helicopters sent to area

UPDATE:  

Map of the area



UPDATE: All emergency services on site

UPDATE: West Coast Mainline shut down

REFRESH PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NEWS
Insp Stamper says:

Several casualties, work with British Transport Police.

No information on serious injuries.

Number for relatives coming soon.

My self and sam are familiar with the area in question

5 to 6 people still trapped.

UPDATE: Near the scene of previous accident

UPDATE: First at scene - following to get to scene in 30mins

UPDATE: Crash near farmhouse

UPDATE: 100 people thought to be on train

UPDATE: First Image from Train



UPDATE: Train crashed just after 8:00PM GMT

UPDATE: Virgin Train Controller trying to contact driver.

UPDATE: RAF Helicopters on route to scene

UPDATE:Four Helicopters sent to area

UPDATE:  

Map of the area



UPDATE: All emergency services on site

UPDATE: West Coast Mainline shut down

UPDATE: 17:15 from London Euston to Glasgow service

UPDATE: To Glasgow - NOT from Glasgow

UPDATE: 17:15 from London Euston to Glasgow service

UPDATE: Witness says saw massive electrical flash

UPDATE: Train traveling at 90mph

UPDATE: BBC and ITV at the scene of the crash

UPDATE: Statement from Virgin Trains

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3 February 2007, 22:25
Statement Issue No: 1

Statement from Virgin Trains


Virgin Trains can confirm that a serious incident took place earlier today near Lambrigg, north of Oxenholme in Cumbria.

The incident took place shortly after 20:00.

The train involved was the 17:15 from London Euston to Glasgow Central, operated by Virgin Trains.

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

All Virgin Trains services between Preston and Carlisle have been suspended until further notice. Alternative arrangements for customers, using road vehicles, are being made. We advise passengers to ring National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 before commencing their journey.

An emergency services number for friends or relatives concerned about anybody travelling on the train will be issued as soon as possible.

Virgin Trains will keep you updated as we receive further information.


UPDATE: Press centre set up near Kendal

UPDATE:  Royal Lancashire hospital expecting casualties in 30mins or so.

UPDATE: 180 people on the train

UPDATE: Major Incident Alert in place

UPDATE: 08100 40 50 40 for British Transport Police

UPDATE: First Major train crash since 2004

UPDATE: 40/50 Walking Wounded

UPDATE: Several reasons why train crashed

UPDATE:  Powerlines - can only access one part of the train


UPDATE: 95mph confirmed of train speed

UPDATE: All helicopters at scene - people being airlifted

UPDATE: British Transport Police setting up newsflash site:
http://www.btp.police.uk/newsflash.shtml

UPDATE:  Trains being diverted through Carlisle settle route
pictures very soon.

UPDATE:  BBC showing camera phone footage

UPDATE: mountain rescue team on site

UPDATE: rescue services prepared to stay all night

UPDATE: in passenger terms 180 is nearly half full, not overcrowded.

UPDATE: at least four carriages on their side

UPDATE: All scot rail sleeper trains to london cancelled
trips to be made via coaches

UPDATE: to view all news stories on google news:
http://news.google.co.uk/?ncl=1113902559&hl=en

UPDATE:
area train crashed is remotest part of the west coast main line

UPDATE: iVirtua reporter has exclusive images - uploading very soon

UPDATE: over head power cables have been turned off - emergency services now have access to other areas of the train

UPDATE: we will have satalite images of the area being uploaded now

UPDATE: conflicting reports on damage to the train

UPDATE: for passengers in a critical condition - they have been airlifted to nearby hospitals

UPDATE: all passengers off the train - satellite images, coming very soon - images of train line and farm

UPDATE: not all passengers are accounted for

UPDATE: all of train derailed

UPDATE: driver has been rescued

UPDATE: fire service are now using thermal imaging equipment to check surrounding area

UPDATE: sixty five walking wounded

UPDATE: some passengers being transported to Kendal via buses

UPDATE:



UPDATE: A press conference at 2:00am at Kendal

UPDATE: footage from BBC News of the scene on air.

UPDATE: From sky news



UPDATE: ONE DEATH- MORE INFO SOON

UPDATE: eight seriously injured at the moment,

UPDATE: 12 seriously injured

UPDATE:
Image from the BBC:




UPDATE:
"They'll also be looking at the location of the derailment for signs the train may have failed to stop at a signal for some reason - because there is a set of points close to the crash site."

said BBC Transport correspondent Tom Symonds.

UPDATE: emergency services still not sure if all passengers accounted for.

UPDATE: narrow stretch of rail which train crashed

UPDATE: Coined "Grayrigg Rail Crash" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayrigg_rail_crash

UPDATE: Police news conference shortly - iVirtua will be reporting live
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UPDATE From Conference:
police still not sure why train left the track

UPDATE From Conference:
22 people taken to hospital - one fatality - elderly female - identity unknown

UPDATE From Conference: five seriously injured

UPDATE From Conference: Approx. 120 staff/passengers on train

UPDATE From Conference: reception centre at langly school - take down details

UPDATE From Conference: Major incident on-route declared

UPDATE From Conference: driver difficult to access

UPDATE From Conference:  Access to area bad - waterlogged

UPDATE From Conference: no more rescues to be affected outside the carriage.

UPDATE From Conference: Numbers to call: 0800 056 0146 (uk)

UPDATE From Conference: LINE CLOSED FOR FIVE TO SIX

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END OF UPDATES - News and Commentary will be posted here over the next few days including exclusive images.


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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:11 pm Reply and quote this post
6 - 8 people still trapped
William Tildesley and Sam England reporting now, on the scene

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:13 pm Reply and quote this post
Pitch Black, a lot of flashing lights, emergency vehicles, we can see a carriage dramatically off the line, on an embankment on its side upside down, people underneath, emergency services attending, were not too close, unclear. Near farmhouse, its damp.

Trains DELAYED and BACKLOGGED down the LINK

People are calm according to BBC on the scene reporters

UpdateRAF Helicopters above - on route - RAF kinloss on the way

Virgin Trains wrote:
Virgin Trains can confirm that there has been an incident this evening between Oxenholme and Penrith involving the 1715 London Euston to Glasgow service and that emergency services are in attendance.


All emergency services are now there, easy to get too.
Cumbria Fire Service said it has five pumps currently at the scene.

3-4  RAF Helicopters and the Merseyside Police helicopter are involved in the rescue operation.

Difficult slope for helicopters to get too. - Taking time

The contact number for British Transport Police is 0800 40 50 40.

We are off the A685 Greyrigg


180 On the train
Derailed in to a field
Tractors pulling an ambulance free.

Pendelinos:
Tilting 125mph trains - 95mph at time

Possible causes: Collision, broken rail (unlikely), mechanical failure, too fast(?), cows, or livestock on line, landslide


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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:16 pm Reply and quote this post
Wow...this is terrible news.  Hope all turns out well...  
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:05 pm Reply and quote this post
EXCLUSIVE:

Settle Carlisle Railway, Virgin Voyager Trains full of people have passed going south on the Settle and Carlisle Railway (Langwathby, Cumbria), engineering work has been cancelled on the Settle and Carlisle railway to be cleared for diversions. Two Voyagers joined together passed.

The west coast mainline has been suspended between Preston and Carlisle.

POWER LINKS down and not isolated yet.
UPDATE: Power lines isolated by network rail 1:30 hrs ago
Only one carriage accessed yet, 8 injured.

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:12 pm Reply and quote this post
Areal Photo of suspected area:

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:38 pm Reply and quote this post
I hope everyone that was involved in this crash is ok  
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:40 pm Reply and quote this post
Reaction from the bloggers around the world has been very fast, to look at the posts, here's a link, however i'm sure more blogs have been updated with this news.

http://search.blogger.com/?ui=blg&q=virgin+train+crash

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:42 pm Reply and quote this post
One death so far
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:11 am Reply and quote this post
What happened next...


Here's some information on whats happened over the night.
The woman that died was an eighty year old, no more details have been given.

Sir Richard Branson turned up at the scene after coming home early from a holiday in Switzerland, he said

Quote:
"Everyone is going to have to learn from this incident and Network Rail are going to have to look at this track problem and make sure nothing like this ever happens again"

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Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:15 am Reply and quote this post
That is quite horrific, i would like to thank Sam and Will for keeping us up to date with the latest news stories!
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:14 am Reply and quote this post
quite schocking
hope they survive

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