Two injured after landslide derailment near Watford

TWO passengers suffered slight injuries after a London Midland Class 350 EMU was derailed by a landslip on the northern approach to Watford slow tunnel on September 16 following torrential rain.

A Virgin ‘Voyager’ sits just inside the north tunnel entrance during the passenger rescue opearation. NETWORK RAIL
A Virgin ‘Voyager’ sits just inside the north tunnel entrance during the passenger rescue opearation. NETWORK RAIL

Unit Nos. 350264 and 350117 were working the 06.19 Milton Keynes-Euston at 70mph when the train hit the chalk and earth debris, causing the derailment of the leading carriage of
No. 350264.

Although the train stopped inside the 1,990-yard long tunnel, two minutes later it was struck a glancing blow by unit No. 350233, which was working the 06.39 Euston-Birmingham. Luckily, both trains remained upright. The incident happened at around 06.55.

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