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Passenger train left with gaping hole after crash

The train crashed into quarry equipment which was left overhanging a railway line. Credit: SWNS

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.

The train was doing what felt like about 100mph and I was busy on my tablet playing games when there was a huge smash.

I thought we'd hit a car on a level crossing. The train probably decelerated by about 10mph and then the driver put the brakes on and we came to a stop within about half a mile.

The passengers all stayed in the train but the driver climbed down and it looked like he had fibreglass fragments in his hair.

He looked like he was in shock.

– passenger
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.

The quarry is run by Tarmac and we understand the piece of equipment involved was being operated by Wabtec at the time of the incident.

The 10.20am Leicester to York service was in collision with the conveyor arm at around 10.45am.

There were 85 passengers on board the train, none of whom was hurt.

The driver of the train was shaken but uninjured. However, we understand one person who was working at the railway sidings at the time was injured.

There was also significant damage to the front of the train.

Arrangements were made for passengers to continue their onward journeys. Train services were disrupted for a short time as a result of the incident.

We understand Network Rail have informed the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the incident and we will assist fully their enquiries into the circumstances involved.

– spokeswoman, east midlands trains

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.

We, and our contractor Wabtec, are assisting Network Rail, the Office of Rail Regulation and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch with their enquiries.

– spokesperson, tarmac