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Barnsley Passenger Train Strikes Concrete Boulder

Friday September 28 2012



A BARNSLEY passenger train crashed into a large concrete boulder that vandals had left on the track and narrowly missed derailing.

An officer from British Transport Police (BTP) said the train had a ‘lucky escape’ after the crash at 2.10pm on Sunday (September 23.)

The Huddersfield to Sheffield service struck the boulder - which had been deliberately placed on the tracks - at Silkstone Fall foot crossing near Dodworth station.

The driver of the service saw the boulder as the train approached the crossing and was forced to use the emergency brake. The impact of the collision threw the boulder over 80 metres.

Fortunately, no-one on the train was injured but the train was seriously damaged and passengers had to be moved to another train.

Steve Jacques, the investigating officer from BTP, said: “The driver and passengers had a lucky escape as the train could have easily derailed, which could have resulted in serious injury or even worse.

"The quick-thinking actions of the driver, who managed to brake and slow the train down, may have helped in averting a disaster.

“This was a reckless crime and a mindless act of vandalism and I would appeal to anyone who may have any information which may be able to assist us in finding those responsible to contact us.”

If you have information about the incident – or those responsible – please contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting log 209 of 23 September, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Reply Posted by llesley on Friday September 28 2012 at 09:30
iif they find who did this they should charge them with attempted man slaughter, nevermind vandalism.

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday September 28 2012 at 09:31
What were those idiots thinking? I hope they are found and dealt with very swiftly indeed. People could have died. I just can't believe the absolute stupidity of those responsible for this mindless act of vandalism. I hope they are found and quick.

Reply Posted by lynn cooper on Friday September 28 2012 at 09:38
i was on that train and i am sure other passengers like myself will be extremely grateful to the train driver and crew for their swift actions when dealing with this challenge, it dont bear thinking about really,what could have happened otherwise.

Reply Posted by Denise Holmes on Friday September 28 2012 at 10:31
I was on the train with my Daughters and am also thankful of the train drivers quick quick actions......the driver and guard were very polite and professional

Reply Posted by jules on Friday September 28 2012 at 22:04
Do they no how serious that is jeez wat if a member of ther family was on that train hop they get caught n seriously punished and not a slap on wrist like most bloody stupid some ppl

Reply Posted by rainy on Sunday September 30 2012 at 21:39
i hope these mindless idiots are caught quickly and no matter what sob stories are used they are imprisoned for a long time i use these trains regularly and was lucky enough not to be on it on this day the mentality of these idiots is beyond belief