Police say it was little short of a miracle there were not more deaths. The search is on for clues as to what caused a high speed train to derail in northwest England, killing one person and injuring 22 others. The state of the art tilting train known as the Virgin Pendolino was heading from London to Glasgow.
It came off the tracks in a remote part of Cumbria, near the village of Grayrigg. An 80-year-old woman died and five of those injured are in a serious condition. One man said: “First of all we heard this rumble and I thought ‘that’s funny’ and then there was this tremendous grating, and then before we knew where we were we felt we were off the tracks. Then suddenly the train keeled over and the lights went out. There was bedlam.”
A woman said: “My carriage went onto its side. It came off the rails and went onto its side and rolled down – so you sort of came to and didn’t quite know where you were; it was the world turned upside down.” Emergency workers battled difficult conditions including torrential rain to reach about 100 passengers, some of whom were trapped. Police say they are following up several lines of inquiry into what caused the crash. It is reported routine maintenance work had been carried out on the track over the past week.