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Nearly 200 passengers evacuated because of train fire

Passengers were evacuated from the train after it caught fire near Derby. Credit: BPM Media

Nearly 200 passengers have been evacuated from a train after it caught fire near Derby.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the train, which was travelling between Birmingham New Street and Glasgow, shortly before 1pm on Wednesday.

A total of 175 passengers were evacuated and British Transport Police later confirmed there were no reported injuries.

Matt Navarra was on board the train at the time and said: "It was looking bad when I left the train and (was) fully ablaze under the carriage. They evacuated the first two carriages first by placing people in the other carriages."

An investigation will now look into what caused the blaze on board the train from Birmingham New Street to Glasgow. Credit: BPM Media

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “There is currently disruption to passengers travelling between Derby and Matlock/Chesterfield. This is due to an earlier fire on a train outside of Derby station.

"Passengers in the area are advised to check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator. We’d like to thank anyone affected by this incident for their patience whilst this issue is resolved.”

The track should be reopened soon.