Train derailed at Pitreavie
Published 19 Jul 2012 09:30 0 Comments
A TRAIN was derailed yesterday (Wednesday) between Rosyth and Dunfermline after torrential rain caused a landslip.
Thirty passengers and two crew were on board when the front carriage of the Scotrail Fife Circle service struck the mud and jumped the tracks close to the premises of Gym64 in Pitreavie Business Park.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened around 4.10pm on the southbound 2.17pm Newcraighall-Fife to Edinburgh service.
Ambulance crew and a special operations response team rushed to the scene. Several passengers were checked over as a precaution, but nobody needed to be taken to hospital.
Two fire engines from Lochgelly and one from Dunfermline also attended. Crews carried out checks on the carriages and helped passengers to move to another train.
All passengers were safely evacuated and moved to the replacement train by 6.45pm.
A preliminary investigation into the incident by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch is underway.
A British Transport Police spokesman said, "The front carriage of a two-carriage set struck debris from a landslide.
"The front carriage derailed but remained upright and a number of passengers were evacuated."
The landslide and relentless rain caused disruptions elsewhere on the Fife Circle line, as all train services between Inverkeithing and Glenrothes with Thornton via Dunfermline were suspended.
In addition, passengers faced delays after flooding at Inverkeithing disrupted all services passing through the station.
Scotrail provided replacement road transport and confirmed all services started to return to normal this morning (Thursday).
A ScotRail spokesman said, "We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond our control."
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This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 19 Jul 12