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A train operator has come under fire after two carriages derailed - an hour after it was warned a herd of cows had got onto the line.
It happened at Godmersham, midway between Ashford International Station and Canterbury West, just after half past nine yesterday evening
No-one was injured and the line is likely to remain closed for several days. David Johns reports, speaking to passenger Vince Stevenson, eyewitness David Goodenough; the Managing Director of Southeastern, David Statham; and local resident Stephen Taylor.
A train has been derailed after hitting cows that had strayed onto the line. Southeastern Trains said the incident happened between the villages of Wye and Chilham in Kent, involving a train travelling from Ashford to Canterbury.
Warnings had been issued almost an hour before a train hit two cows and derailed, it has been revealed.
A driver reported seeing a cow on the line between Wye and Chilham in Kent at 8.50pm and it was investigated.
Trains between Ashford and Ramsgate via Canterbury West have been suspended today with replacement buses running.