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Train 'out of control for 3 miles'

A runaway commuter train overshot a station by two-and-a-half miles because it did not have any sand on board to help with braking in poor weather conditions.

The 6.45am Southeastern service from Charing Cross to Hastings overran Stonegate station in East Sussex by 2.43 miles (3.91km) on November 8, 2010, just after 8am, despite the driver applying emergency braking, Maidstone Crown Court was told today.

Prosecutor Richard Evans said: "Effectively, the train was out of control for 3.2 miles from when braking started to when the train stopped."

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