Runaway train goes down the tracks at Clitheroe

A loaded cement wagon from the Hanson cement works in Clitheroe, Lancashire escaped from a siding and continued to run away down the line towards Horrocksford Junction, where it connects to the main railway line.

The wagon broke through the gates at the exit from the cement works, went over an open level crossing causing two cars to stop then over another open crossing before derailing on the trap points at Horrocksford Junction.

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The Hanson Cement Ribblesdale works at Clitheroe

Neither level crossing had its manually activated warning equipment switched on before the wagon passed over.

The wagon managed a total distance of about 1.2 km and luckily, there were no trains near it when it eventually stopped.

The Railway Accident Investigation Board said that it would be looking into the sequence of events which led to the accident as well as the performance and design of the wagon’s braking system and how the risk of runaway wagons from within the cement works was controlled.


(Not the train wagon that escaped, but a rather jolly video of a train anyway. We don’t get enough of those on this site – Ed)

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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