UPDATE: Car dragged 300m down track by train after Silverdale collision

FIREFIGHTERS are still on the scene at a Silverdale level crossing after a train dragged a car 300m down the track.

Press officer for the service, Richard Edney, said that specialist equipment was being used to release the car, which had become stuck underneath the train after the vehicles collided.
They travelled 300m before coming to a halt.

Crews have now been at the Slackwood level crossing, on New Road, for nearly four hours, with up to 35 firefighters attending, including an Urban Search and Rescue Team from Chorley.

It is believed that the driver of the car, and its passengers, got out of the vehicle before it was struck. The driver of the empty freight train was unhurt, but being treated for shock.

Mr Edney said: “The purpose of us being there is to clear the track to ensure that it can open again as soon as possible.

“Part of the car had gone underneath the train so our crews are working to move the train to release the vehicle.

“I imagine we will be there for some time – it is a big operation. Firefighters are using a specialist trolley to pull equipment, which is quite heavy, along to the incident.”

British Transport Police (BTP) arrived on the scene with Lancashire Police and the fire service at around 7.10pm.

A spokesperson for BTP said: “No-one has been injured and the train remained upright. Officers are now working with the fire service to remove the car and have launched an investigation to determine how it came to be on the tracks. The driver of the car and train will also be interviewed.”

Cars coming from the Carnforth direction, along New Road, are being diverted up Crag Road and into Warton. There is also diversions in place at the Silverdale side, and the road is expected to be closed for the next few hours.

Buses are replacing trains between Barrow and Carnforth and delays are expected.

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7:30am Wed 15 Jan 14

Geoff103 says...

It is not relevant whether the train was carrying nuclear waste flask (if true) since the integrity of them has been established over decades of use and repeated testing.

I'll be charitable. You are either too young to know or too old to remember this from 1984:

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=lHtRZ_k0s
7M

As for the driver, of course he'd be in shock. From his viewpoint, he'd have no concern for what was behind him but for a car on the line in front of him which for all he knew still had a driver and passengers on board.
It is not relevant whether the train was carrying nuclear waste flask (if true) since the integrity of them has been established over decades of use and repeated testing. I'll be charitable. You are either too young to know or too old to remember this from 1984: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=lHtRZ_k0s 7M As for the driver, of course he'd be in shock. From his viewpoint, he'd have no concern for what was behind him but for a car on the line in front of him which for all he knew still had a driver and passengers on board. Geoff103
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7:32am Wed 15 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

It will be interesting to see the outcome and our the car came to be "stuck " on the crossing. if it was the nuclear waste train, was it pulling a cargo of flasks?. I often wonder what would happen if god forbid one of these trains fell off the viaduct at Arnside.
if they have to move it why dont they move it all by sea , surely less dangerous.
It will be interesting to see the outcome and our the car came to be "stuck " on the crossing. if it was the nuclear waste train, was it pulling a cargo of flasks?. I often wonder what would happen if god forbid one of these trains fell off the viaduct at Arnside. if they have to move it why dont they move it all by sea , surely less dangerous. hogheaven
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7:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

Geoff103 says...

hogheaven.

No need to wonder. It would sit in the mud until recovered.

Nothing else.
hogheaven. No need to wonder. It would sit in the mud until recovered. Nothing else. Geoff103
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7:51am Wed 15 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

Geoff103 wrote:
hogheaven.

No need to wonder. It would sit in the mud until recovered.

Nothing else.
Rather it was not "sat in the mud" in my backyard, even though the flasks are supposed to be super safe. The railway would be closed for weeks whilst they were recovered
[quote][p][bold]Geoff103[/bold] wrote: hogheaven. No need to wonder. It would sit in the mud until recovered. Nothing else.[/p][/quote]Rather it was not "sat in the mud" in my backyard, even though the flasks are supposed to be super safe. The railway would be closed for weeks whilst they were recovered hogheaven
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8:48am Wed 15 Jan 14

oceancloud says...

Why would a train fall off the viaduct, I cannot recall this ever happening in recent years! Surely if any train "fell off'" it would cause the same problems.Best close the line altogether!
Why would a train fall off the viaduct, I cannot recall this ever happening in recent years! Surely if any train "fell off'" it would cause the same problems.Best close the line altogether! oceancloud
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8:49am Wed 15 Jan 14

magical trevor says...

How many trains have you EVER heard of, falling off viaducts.....what a load of twaddle!!!!
How many trains have you EVER heard of, falling off viaducts.....what a load of twaddle!!!! magical trevor
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8:54am Wed 15 Jan 14

hogheaven says...

magical trevor wrote:
How many trains have you EVER heard of, falling off viaducts.....what a load of twaddle!!!!
Google it you might be surprised,it could happen the viaduct is old and built on sand
so sorry Trevor not twaddle
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: How many trains have you EVER heard of, falling off viaducts.....what a load of twaddle!!!![/p][/quote]Google it you might be surprised,it could happen the viaduct is old and built on sand so sorry Trevor not twaddle hogheaven
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6:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ukmann says...

Hahahahah Have to laugh. There have been so many accidents on viaducts over the years it beggars belief ....... Think you should apologise Trevor !!!
Hahahahah Have to laugh. There have been so many accidents on viaducts over the years it beggars belief ....... Think you should apologise Trevor !!! ukmann
  • Score: 4

3:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jazzactivist says...

Not a viaduct, but there was that awful derailment down an embankment between near the border with the south of Scotland a few years ago. No system is perfectly safe, and nor are nuclear containers. It's just a matter of being satisfied with a low level of risk. The worst in this situation was that the train driver wouldn't have known if the car had people inside or if they were somewhere else along the track but, luckily, they got out in time and no-one ended up hurt or dead. We should be thankful that we have people who are willing to drive our trains, given that there are a number of different risks on the tracks..
Not a viaduct, but there was that awful derailment down an embankment between near the border with the south of Scotland a few years ago. No system is perfectly safe, and nor are nuclear containers. It's just a matter of being satisfied with a low level of risk. The worst in this situation was that the train driver wouldn't have known if the car had people inside or if they were somewhere else along the track but, luckily, they got out in time and no-one ended up hurt or dead. We should be thankful that we have people who are willing to drive our trains, given that there are a number of different risks on the tracks.. jazzactivist
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9:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

tictoc1 says...

jazzactivist wrote:
Not a viaduct, but there was that awful derailment down an embankment between near the border with the south of Scotland a few years ago. No system is perfectly safe, and nor are nuclear containers. It's just a matter of being satisfied with a low level of risk. The worst in this situation was that the train driver wouldn't have known if the car had people inside or if they were somewhere else along the track but, luckily, they got out in time and no-one ended up hurt or dead. We should be thankful that we have people who are willing to drive our trains, given that there are a number of different risks on the tracks..
Do you mean the derailment at Grayrigg?
[quote][p][bold]jazzactivist[/bold] wrote: Not a viaduct, but there was that awful derailment down an embankment between near the border with the south of Scotland a few years ago. No system is perfectly safe, and nor are nuclear containers. It's just a matter of being satisfied with a low level of risk. The worst in this situation was that the train driver wouldn't have known if the car had people inside or if they were somewhere else along the track but, luckily, they got out in time and no-one ended up hurt or dead. We should be thankful that we have people who are willing to drive our trains, given that there are a number of different risks on the tracks..[/p][/quote]Do you mean the derailment at Grayrigg? tictoc1
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