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90 passengers stranded on train overnight

90 stranded on train overnight Credit: ITV West Country

90 rail passengers were trapped over night after a train became submerged in 4ft-deep flash flood water.

The overnight service from London Paddington to Swansea got stuck near Corsham in Wiltshire at around midnight.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 1am but the 90 passengers remained stuck on board until 6am.

A fleet of taxis turned up at the site where the stranded commuters were eventually driven home.

Passenger Chris Williams took to Twitter to document the journey:

Storms hit the West

Last nights thunder and lightning storms in Chippenham,Wiltshire. Credit: Steve Walsh

Last night saw heavy rainfall and dramatic thunder and lightning across the region. Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire has seen flash flooding, and this morning a train travelling from Bristol to London is stuck in flood water, and 90 passengers have been evacuated.

Here are some more of your pictures of the storms.

last night's thunderstorm taken through a window at Seend Cleeve Credit: Amy Whitewick
Last nights storm over Bath looking from Twerton to Lansdown Credit: Richard Bird


House struck by lightning in Wiltshire

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

A house in Littlejohn Avenue in Melksham caught on fire after being struck by lightning last night. Fire crews are still at the scene but no one has been hurt.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service says it has received over 200 calls for assistance since yesterday evening due to the severe weather.

Fire crews are on the scene Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

The emergency service is also urging all drivers to take care on the roads this morning due to floodwater and the potential for some manhole covers to be raised.

90 passengers evacuated from train

Train stuck in flood water in Corsham Credit: ITV West Country

A train traveling from London Paddington became stuck in floodwater at Pound Pill in Corsham in the early hours of this morning. 90 passengers were on the train, which came to a halt in a cutting where water was up to a metre deep in places.

All the passengers were rescued from the train by 0600 this morning.

The train is still blocking the track causing major disruption to rail services in the region.

Services to and from Bristol Temple Meads are unable to call at Chippenham. Trains are being diverted via an alternative route, adding around 45 minutes to journey times.

We are trying to arrange rail replacement trains and tickets will be accepted on local transport and other trains.

– First Great Western

Final preparations underway for Bristol Half Marathon

15,000 expected to take part in Bristol Half Marathon Credit: ITV West Country

Final preparations are taking place for the Bristol Half Marathon this weekend. 15,000 people are due to take part on Sunday morning. The 13.1 mile route starts and finishes on the harbourside and takes runners along the Portway and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.


All-day free Durdham Down parking could be abolished

Free parking on Durdham Downs could be abolished Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

All-day free parking on Bristol's historic Durdham Down could be abolished.

It's the latest controversial attempt to cut down on commuters using the city's streets. Mayor George Ferguson has divided opinion with a rapid roll-out of residents' parking zones and now risks further anger by removing the 500 spaces. He insists it's for long-term good of the city.

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