Passenger train left with gaping hole after crash

A passenger train was left with a gaping hole after it crashed into quarry equipment which was left overhanging a railway line.

A rail worker was injured and 85 people were shaken after the 100mph train smashed into a conveyor arm used for loading goods vehicles which had been left in the wrong position on Sunday morning.

The driver was forced to perform an emergency stop after the collision near Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, which jolted the carriages travelling behind.

Pictures taken at the scene show a gaping hole on the left-hand side at the front of the train after the window was cracked by the impact.

The driver was forced to perform an emergency stop after the collision near Barrow upon Soar. Credit: SWNS

A worker for rail contractor Wabtec, who were responsible for operating on the overhanging equipment, was left hurt but the extent of their injuries are unknown.

Passengers on Thursday's 10.20am Leicester to York train said they thought it had "hit a car" after the huge smash.

One man said:

I was shaking and I'd never experienced anything like it.

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The crash happened on Thursday's 10.20am Leicester to York service Credit: SWNS

Incredibly, none of the 85 passengers on board the train were injured but a spokeswoman for East Midlands Trains confirmed the crash caused "significant damage" to their vehicle.

There was an incident on Sunday February 14, involving a ballast train used in the railway sidings at Mountsorrel quarry whose conveyor arm was wrongly overhanging the main railway line.

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A spokesperson for construction company Tarmac, who run the quarry, added:

An incident occurred at Mountsorrel Quarry involving a conveyor arm and an East Midlands Train.

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