EMERGENCY services were called to Chester Station after a train overshot the track and crashed into a platform.
Nobody was seriously injured in the incident, which happened at 12.10pm and involved a Virgin Trains service from London Euston to Chester, although a 64-year-old man was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with suspected back injuries.
Pictures posted immediately after the event on Twitter showed the extent of the damage to platform one at the station by the dramatic crash, which destroyed a glass barrier and left debris strewn across the end of the platform.
One commuter, Eleanor Wright, 42, who was sitting inside the station’s café when the crash happened, told the Leader she heard it and rushed to see what had happened.
“We weren’t sure what had happened to start with but heard a loud noise so knew something was not right,” she said. “I got up out of my seat and saw the train had somehow crashed.
“I’m not sure what caused it but I have a feeling perhaps that the train had slid. “
Commuters who had been waiting for the 12.35pm to London Euston were taken by bus to Crewe station to catch a replacement service.
One man who had been delayed by the crash, who did not wish to be named, said: “I didn’t see the crash, but I saw the immediate aftermath.
“Had the train been going any faster, we may have been looking at real injuries.”
An investigation into yesterday’s incident is under way, with both the Office of Rail Regulation and Rail Accident Investigation Branch both having been informed.
Virgin confirmed that 100 passengers were on board the train.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “British Transport Police was called to Chester rail station on Wednesday, November 20 following a report that a train had partially derailed from the tracks of platform one.
“All coaches of the five-car train have remained upright, and one man has been taken to a local hospital by North West Ambulance Service, with reported injuries to his back.
“The incident, which was reported to BTP at 12.24pm, is currently being investigated to establish the full circumstances surrounding the derailment.”
Virgin Trains spokesman Sarah Fernandes said: “Virgin Trains can confirm that an incident took place yesterday involving the 10.10am Virgin Trains’ service from London Euston to Chester.
“There was a very low speed impact between the train and the buffer stop on platform one and no other train was involved.”
Following the incident, Chester MP Stephen Mosley said: “I am relieved that no one was seriously injured.
“This is an excellent train service with an exemplary safety record.
“Virgin Trains have promised to keep me informed of their investigation into the causes of yesterday’s incident and I hope that lessons will be learned from their findings.
“I will be liaising with the Rail Minister to ensure this happens.”