New Rail Derailment: No Serious Injuries
A commuter train was partially derailed in southern England on Thursday though no serious injuries were reported, rail operator Railtrack said.
Four carriages of the train left the track near Virginia Water station about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of London, according to a spokesman for Railtrack.
The latest incident comes just over a week after a high-speed passenger train came off the rails at Hatfield, to the north of London, resulting in four deaths and scores of injuries.
The spokesman said the carriages had remained upright, and the only reported injuries were two passengers who were suffering from shock.
"No passenger was injured and an investigation is underway," the spokesman said. The train was traveling from the town of Weybridge to Stains when the incident occurred at 8:40 a.m. (0740 GMT).
British Transport Police confirmed the derailment had taken place, and said their officers had been called to the scene.
The crash earlier this month prompted new concerns about safety on Britain's creaking railway network and rail and train operators pledged to redouble their commitment to safety.
Preliminary investigations showed the Hatfield crash was caused by a broken rail. It later emerged that more than 100 sections of track around the network were in urgent need of repair.
Sky News reported that early indications suggested Thursday's derailment was not the result of a broken rail.
It said accident investigators would be looking into reports that the train had failed to make a scheduled stop at Virginia Water station -- LONDON (AFP)
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