Train collides with lorry in Britain, 18 injured: rescuers

17th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A train derailed after colliding with a lorry at a level crossing in Britain on Tuesday, injuring 18 people, at least two of them critically, emergency services said.

One carriage of the train came off the tracks after smashing into the heavy goods vehicle, which was believed to be carrying sewage, at around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) in the village of Little Cornard, southeast England.

The rear carriage was derailed in the accident but remained upright, said the fire service.

The ambulance service said it had treated 18 casualties, 14 of which it described as "walking wounded".

Two people who had been trapped on the train suffered life-threatening injuries, and the remaining two suffered less serious injuries, said the medics.

The driver of the lorry was arrested after the accident, said police.

A fire service spokesman said all the injured had been removed from the two-carriage train, which was believed to be carrying more than 20 passengers at the time of the accident.

© 2010 AFP

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