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The train in Kent falls into a landslide but is NOT derailed and passengers are safely evacuated


The train in Kent falls into a landslide but is NOT derailed and passengers are safely evacuated – three people were killed just a day after a similar incident in Scotland

  • The southeast service "hit an obstacle" on the tracks near West Malling
  • A total of 18 passengers were evacuated by the police after the train could no longer move
  • The ScotRail train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire yesterday, killing three

Passengers were evacuated from a train in Kent today after it hit an obstacle and was hit by flooding – just a day after a derailment that killed three in Scotland.

The Southeastern Service was unable to move on the route near West Malling after reports of a landslide due to severe thunderstorms and rain across the UK.

A total of 18 passengers were safely evacuated and a geotechnical expert was brought in to assess the landslide, Kent Live reported.

The incident caused rail disruptions between Swanley and Maidstone East, which are expected to persist until the end of the day.

Southeastern stated, "A train hit an obstacle on the line near West Malling which means trains cannot go either way between Otford and Maidstone East."

The Southeastern Service was unable to move on the route near West Malling after reports of a landslide due to severe thunderstorms and rain across the UK

It added that emergency personnel are currently on site working to remove the obstruction so the train can move forward.

They will then assess the extent of any damage to the line, a statement added.

Kent Fire and Rescue were reportedly on the scene alongside the UK Traffic Police, Network Rail and Southeastern.

It comes a day after a ScotRail train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire yesterday and crashed on a flood route, killing three people.

Chris Stuchbury, 62, died yesterday along with train driver Brett McCullough, 45, and conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, when a service slipped off the tracks near Carmont station yesterday.

Six more were hospitalized after the crash, while four firefighters were injured while helping out after the derailment.

The train slid off the tracks after hitting a landslide in the area that was recently ravaged by major floods.

A total of 18 passengers were safely evacuated by the police, and a geotechnical expert was called in to assess the landslide

A total of 18 passengers were safely evacuated by the police, and a geotechnical expert was called in to assess the landslide

The incident caused rail disruptions between Swanley and Maidstone East, which are expected to persist until the end of the day

The incident caused rail disruptions between Swanley and Maidstone East, which are expected to persist until the end of the day

Today, the rail operator Network Rail announced that the engineers will conduct a detailed inspection of dozens of high-risk pilots with characteristics similar to those at the Aberdeenshire scene.

During a visit to the construction site, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps claimed it was "far too early" to say whether cuts at Network Rail had contributed to the derailment.

His comments come after it became known that National Rail had been warned of the network's resilience to severe weather just four weeks before yesterday's horror derailment.

Southeastern stated, "A train hit an obstacle on the line near West Malling which means trains cannot go either way between Otford and Maidstone East."

Southeastern stated, "A train hit an obstacle on the line near West Malling which means trains cannot go either way between Otford and Maidstone East."

Investigators are today investigating a horror derailment that killed three people after a train slipped from a flood disaster in Scotland - just four weeks after rail operators were warned of an increase in dangerous landslides

Investigators are today investigating a horror derailment that killed three people after a train slipped from a flood disaster in Scotland – just four weeks after rail operators were warned of an increase in dangerous landslides

After the accident near Stonehaven yesterday morning, flames came out of one of the cars

After the accident near Stonehaven yesterday morning, flames came out of one of the cars

An annual health and safety report by the Rail Safety Watchdog, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), states that there were six times more flood events on UK railways between 2019 and 20 than in the previous 12 months.

A surge in landslides was also noted, demonstrating and criticizing the network's "vulnerability" Network Rail's plans to combat climate change and extreme weather, which it claims "are not keeping up with the frequency and severity of these events".

Network Rail was asked for a comment.

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