Scotland: investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide


LONDON – A passenger train struck a landslide before derailing in Scotland earlier this week, killing three people, British rail investigators confirmed on Friday. A railroad obstruction was suspected to have played a role in Wednesday’s derailment near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles northeast of Edinburgh, as it happened after heavy rains and flooding in the region.

“Fortunately, fatal derailments are a rare occurrence on the UK national grid,” said Simon French, chief rail accident inspector. “However, landslides and other earthworks failures remain a risk to trains that must be constantly managed – and it becomes even more difficult for the rail industry due to the increasing incidence of extreme weather events. ”

The French-overseen Railway Accident Investigation Department said that after the train derailed, it continued to follow a straight line as the track curved to the right. The lead drive car struck a bridge parapet and fell onto a wooded embankment with the third passenger car.

Prince Charles goes to the scene of the accident on Friday to thank the rescuers who came to the aid of others on rough terrain.

The infrastructure manager, Network Rail, dispatched engineers, contractors and surveyors in helicopters to assess sites similar to the location of the derailment.


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