Trains back to normal after crash

RICHARD BATSON Four passengers suffered minor injuries, and train services were disrupted, when a train hit the buffers at Sheringham station today.But a One spokesman said tonight that trains would br running as normal on the Norwich/Sheringham line tomorrow

RICHARD BATSON

Four passengers suffered minor injuries, and train services were disrupted, when a train hit the buffers at Sheringham station yesterday.

The two-car diesel train was only travelling at an estimated 5mph when the incident happened just before noon, but some of the 20-25 passengers on board needed treatment at the scene for minor injuries including bumps, bruises and sprains.

It is not the first time a train has overrun the track at the Bittern Line terminus. Ten years ago in May 1997 a conductor suffered cuts and bruises when a train went through the buffers and ended in a rosebed.

Yesterday's minor crash happened when the 10.45 Norwich to Sheringham service reached the seaside station.

One railways spokesman Peter Meades said between 20 and 25 passengers were on the train. Four passengers were treated for minor injuries by ambulance staff at the scene, and investigations into the cause were taking place.

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Buses replaced trains between Sheringham and Cromer during the afternoon and evening, as inspectors carried out checks to the train and track.

One advised passengers seeking to use the line today to check with their website www.onerailway.com or phone One on 0845 600 7245 or National Rail Inquiries on 08457 484950 to see if trains were running again.

People working in nearby shops and cafes said they heard a bang, but initially thought it was a car accident. There was no major fuss, as just one fire engine attended the scene, despite 14 being called initially.

Watch Manager Gary Pegg, in charge of the local crew, said they helped passengers off the train, adding: “They were mainly just shaken up.” When he saw the extent of incident he called fire control to scale down the response.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire Service said the control room received reports of a train crash at Sheringham and initially sent several engines in line with a pre-determined number set down for such incidents.

“Thankfully on this occasion the vast majority of those crews mobilised were not needed and were stood down as soon as the nature of the incident became clear," he added.

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