Roudham train crash: Passenger praises heroic train crew

A carriage showing damage from the train crash at Roudham. Photo: Alex Youngs/Twitter

A carriage showing damage from the train crash at Roudham. Photo: Alex Youngs/Twitter - Credit: Archant

A passenger has praised the actions of train staff in the wake of the train crash at Roudham.

Emergency and investigation teams at Roudham after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing and the

Emergency and investigation teams at Roudham after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing and the passengers were led to safety down the tracks.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The investigation is underway today into how a tractor and train crashed at a level crossing on Hall Road, Roudham.

The 135 passengers on board waited for hours on the train before being able to continue their journey to Cambridge.

Alex Youngs, 30, who was on his way back to London after visiting family in Great Yarmouth, said: 'We were travelling along and all of a sudden heard this almighty bang and the train started shuddering as if it was about to derail. There was glass everywhere and suitcases flying.

'We finally screeched to a halt. It felt like forever but it took maybe five to 10 seconds before we came to a halt. It was a huge impact. We thought we were going to derail and tip over.

Emergency and investigation teams at Roudham after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing and the

Emergency and investigation teams at Roudham after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing and the passengers were led to safety down the tracks.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

'When we came to a stop there were a few people who were clearly really shaken and covered in glass. Luckily, there was a guy from Network Rail on board who took charge. The conductor and driver were the heroes.'


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Alex, a web developer in London, said passengers then waited on the train for three hours while emergency services dealt with the injured passengers, who were taken to first class, and another train was called to take all the passengers on to Cambridge.

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