Passenger left with back injuries after train crashes into buffers at Chester station

The Virgin Trains’ London to Chester service ran into the buffers, sending debris across the platform

Jake Pickering
The 10.10am London-Euston Virgin Train which hit the buffers at Chester railway station platform 1 on Wednesday, November 20

A man has been taken to hospital with back injuries after a Virgin Trains train hit the buffers at a railway station.

The incident happened on a London to Chester train just after mid-day. Pictures tweeted from the scene showed the train up against the buffers with debris strewn around the platform – including a mangled bike.

Jake Pickering a passenger on board said the 10.10 from London Euston to Chester used Twitter to reveal how “the train I was on from London has just crashed at Chester station. I believe everyone is okay.”

He added the train “just over ran” at midday. British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed its officers were called to Chester station “following a report that a train had partially derailed on the tracks of Platform 1.”

BTP added that a man has been taken to hospital with back injuries. A spokesman said: “All coaches of the five-car train have remained upright and one man has been taken to a local hospital by North West Ambulance Service with reported injuries to his back.”

Virgin said: “We can confirm that an incident took place earlier today at Chester station.

“It took place at approximately 12.10pm and the train involved was the 10.10pm Virgin Trains’ service from London Euston to Chester. Emergency services attended and one person was taken to hospital as a precaution.

“No other train was involved. The train is currently in a bay platform so it will not affect any other services.”

The incident is expected to be investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

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