Train leaves tracks at Watford Junction due to torrential rain

Derailed train

FOLLOWING the hottest day on record for one hundred years, weather in the South of England particularly took a major turn for the worse with torrential rainfall which caused flooding and general travel chaos.

One of the most frightening events came for passengers on board the 6.19am train from Milton Keynes to Euston on September 16 which left the tracks at 7am after hitting a landslip caused by the rain near the Hunton Bridge tunnel at Watford Junction.

Happily the train remained upright and even survived being hit by what is described as a ‘glancing blow’ by another train which was passing by which continued on its journey unscathed.

Reports suggest that just two people were slightly injured and furious activity took place to try to clear the train as there was an immediate delay for passengers along the route. Within hours two lines had reopened but with reduced speed limits for the trains that were allowed to run and disruption was expected for commuters for the whole of the day.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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