At about 06:55 hrs on Friday 16 September 2016, a southbound passenger train was travelling at about 70 mph (112 km/h) on the up slow line of the West Coast Main Line, when the leading carriage was derailed by a landslip just before entering the northern portal of Watford tunnel. The train stopped in the tunnel, partly blocking the adjacent line. About two minutes later, it was struck a glancing blow by a northbound passenger train which did not derail. Two passengers suffered minor injuries. Both trains suffered significant damage, including the cab to saloon door on the derailed train becoming jammed.
Engineers out at Hunton Bridge Tunnel between Watford Junction station and Kings Langley Station.
British Transport Police were called to the scene along with the East of England Ambulance Service and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The northbound service was the 06:34 hrs service from London Euston to Birmingham and was formed by one four-coach class 350 unit. The two trains were carrying more than 150 passengers who were transferred onto another train which took them from the tunnel at about 10:40 hrs.
Two people were treated, one for a neck injury and the other for chest pain.
A Virgin train was sent to the scene to take stranded passengers on to King's Langley, Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes.
All LM services in / out of Euston are cancelled for the next few hours. We are advising customers not to travel.Sorry for the inconvenience— London Midland (@LondonMidland) September 16, 2016
Shaken train passengers were trapped inside a railway tunnel for four hours after a train was derailed by a landslide during the morning rush hour.
This is Jessica Long who was on the derailed train near Watford Junction. She's just arrived safely at Kings Langley pic.twitter.com/lQPzhrr5ZF— Justin Dealey (@JustinDealey) September 16, 2016
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