Lorry falls on train in Britain, five hurt: official

5th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A cement mixing lorry plunged off a bridge and on to a London-bound train in a freak accident on Friday, injuring the truck driver and four passengers, officials said.

The accident near Oxshott, a commuter town on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, left a huge gash in the metal roof of one of the carriages of the train, television pictures showed.

Four of the estimated 40 passengers on the train at the time suffered minor injuries while the lorry driver was "more seriously injured", a spokesman for British Transport Police said.

Network Rail, which runs Britain's rail infrastructure, said the service from the southern town of Guildford to London "was halted when a cement mixer lorry came off an overbridge".

"The vehicle landed on some of the train's coaches of an eight-coach unit. So far, there are no reports of fatalities though it is believed there are several people injured," the statement said.

The lorry appeared to have smashed through the brick wall running along top of the bridge, while the train had come to a stop further up the track, television footage showed.

Emergency workers swarmed over the cement mixer, which was lying on the rails, as they tried to help the driver.

© 2010 AFP

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