50 passengers evacuated as London Overground train derails and crashes through barriers (Photos)
Two people have been injured after a train crashed through a barrier at a station in London on Tuesday morning at 8:15am.
The eight-carriage London Overground train derailed at Enfield Town Station, in the north of the capital, at around 8.15am after hitting the barriers. It had departed from Liverpool Street at around 7.45am.
Emergency services evacuated around 50 passengers and said two people, including the driver, were injured but not taken to hospital. Network Rail said the driver of the train was in ‘shock’.
Three fire engines and two fire rescue units rushed to the scene at around 8.30am and left after checking the train about an hour later.
London Overground services have been suspended between Enfield Town and Edmonton Green until at least 3pm as a result of the crash.
TfL’s general manager for London Overground, Rory O’Neill, described the incident as a ‘low-speed collision with a buffer’ and said there will be a full investigation ‘to establish how this happened’.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: ‘Firefighters have been called to a derailed train at Enfield Town Railway Station this morning.
‘An eight carriage passenger train derailed after hitting buffers at the station.
‘Around 50 people were evacuated from the train before the Brigade arrived by TfL and station staff. Two people have been treated at the scene for minor injuries by London Ambulance Service crews.
‘The Brigade was called at 0827 and is still at the scene. Three fire engines and two fire rescue units are in attendance.’
tation Commander Jim O’Neill, who is at the scene, said: ‘The train has hit the buffers at the station, which is at the end of the line, and gone up over the top of them.
‘Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure there were no further people on board.
‘Crews are now assisting station staff to make the scene safe and a recovery operation will then be carried out.’
A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to Enfield Town at 8.20am following reports of a train hitting the buffer stops at the station.
‘Two people, including the driver, were checked over by paramedics at the scene. As is routine, the driver has been breathalysed and blew negative. We remain on scene while enquiries continue.’
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 8:16am this morning (12 October) to reports of a train derailed at Enfield Town railway station, Enfield.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene: one ambulance crew, an emergency planning officer, a clinical team manager, two incident response officers, medics in cars, and our hazardous area response team.
‘Two people were assessed at the scene for minor injuries, but they were not taken to hospital.’
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: ‘At approximately 8.20am a train hit the buffer stops at Enfield Town at slow speed.
‘The driver is being treated for shock and there are reports of a few minor injuries.
‘Emergency services including the British Transport Police are on site and an investigation is under way.’