Rail crashes at King's Cross and Waterloo

 

Two of London’s busiest rail stations have seen crashes on Tuesday morning with a derailment adding to problems at Waterloo and a train hitting the buffers at King’s Cross.

London Ambulance Service said it checked over three patients following the incident at Waterloo, adding, ‘thankfully they did not need to go to hospital’. Reports suggest at least two people were injured in the King’s Cross collision.

Network Rail said an earlier points failure and a ‘low speed, partial derailment’ between Vauxhall and London Waterloo are causing major disruption to journeys.

Officials added: ‘Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption will continue until the end of service.’

In a statement the British Tranport Police said: ‘A passenger train derailed at low speed whilst leaving the station. It struck a stationary freight train.’

A spokesperson for South West Trains said: ‘There are no injuries to passengers or staff and a very limited service is running to and from Waterloo, which is expected for the rest of today.

‘The incident happened as the train was pulling away from its platform at Waterloo at 5.40am. An investigation to establish the cause of the incident is underway.’

Passengers using Waterloo and Vauxhall stations are already experiencing significant disruption because of the £800m Waterloo Upgrade works, which are in the second of what should be three weeks.

Network Rail said the incident at King's Cross involved a ‘slow speed buffer collision at around 6:20am.'

A spokesperson said no service disruption was disrupted as the crash was ‘very minor’.

 

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