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Train passengers face delays after bridge damaged in crash

By Liam Keen | Stafford | Transport | Published:

A bridge over a train line in Staffordshire has been badly damaged after being hit by a vehicle.

The damaged brickwork

Commuters in the region saw trains cancelled and running at reduced speeds due to the incident, where the vehicle failed to stop after hitting the bridge.

Network Rail's engineers have worked through the night after the vehicle crashed into the bridge at around 10am yesterday.

The damaged brickwork

It happened on a busy West Coast main line at Worston Lane, just north of Stafford.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “This bridge strike, which was entirely avoidable, is causing disruption to train services on the West Coast main line.

“We are carefully assessing all options so we can carry out repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

The damaged brickwork

“This is the latest example of a driver hitting a railway bridge and causing unnecessary disruption to passengers.

“Those affected by this incident should plan and check their journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk.”

The line reopened fully just after 3pm today. And Network Rail is working with the police to trace the driver who failed to stop at the scene.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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