Rail incident investigation to continue “for some time”

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Rail incident investigation to continue “for some time”

7th June 2010

Investigations into the Scottish rail incident which left nine passengers injured and a train carriage dangling over an embankment are likely to continue for some time, according to a rail accident expert.

The 6.20pm service from Glasgow to Oban is believed to have hit a boulder on the line near the Falls of Cruachan power station in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Nigel Smith, a lawyer specialising in claims arising from rail incidents, said the investigation would be thorough and lengthy.

"There is a theory that the boulder landed on the track after a recent rockfall," said Nigel, an Associate with Fentons Solicitors LLP. "ScotRail has announced that the investigation is now underway, but it could be some time before the actual cause of the incident is discovered."

Emergency services and military helicopters were sent to the scene following the incident on Monday. All 60 passengers on the train were rescued, and although there were no life-threatening injuries it is believed that nine people were hurt.

"This incident led to a major deployment of fire crews, as firefighters worked to gain access to the carriages to free passengers," said Nigel. "Thankfully all of the passengers were safely taken off the train and the number of injuries seems to be minimal.

"Although this could have been a much more serious incident, questions will still be asked as to how the train was derailed, and why the boulder - if that was the cause - was not removed sooner," said Nigel. "The people who were put through this ordeal will rightly demand to know what caused it."

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Source - Sky News