Two people in hospital after train derailment

Train derailment near Retford leaves two people injured Credit: Jon Knight

Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a train travelling from Lincoln was derailed by a mudslide caused by torrential rains.

Seventeen other passengers were led to safety after the accident that happened at the exit of the Clarborough Tunnel near Retford in neighbouring Nottinghamshire at midday.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said:"BTP were called to an incident near Clarborough Tunnel in West Portal, Retford after receving reports at 12.06 today of a passenger service striking debris from a landslide.

"The train involved was the 11.25 Lincoln to Adwick Northern Rail passenger service. The front of the train derailed but the train remained upright.

"Seventeen passengers were on board the service. Two people including the train driver, have received what are believed to be minor injuries and have been taken to hospital.

"All the remaining passengers have now been taken off the train and taken by taxi to Sheffield and Worksop train stations to continue their journeys."

There has been disruption as a result of the incident.

Northern Rail is operating a replacement bus service for those passengers affected.