Probe into de­rail­ment

Evening Express (City Final) - - News -

A NORTH-EAST train de­rail­ment was caused by a fail­ure of points on the track, it was re­vealed to­day. The Sco­trail train came off the tracks and crashed at Stone­haven on Oc­to­ber 10 caus­ing travel chaos for two days. Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion the rail firm has iden­ti­fied the rea­son for the crash. A Sco­trail spokesman said: “Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) re­ceived a re­port of a train de­rail­ment near Stone­haven sta­tion at around 5.40pm on Oc­to­ber 10. “Of­fi­cers at­tended in or­der to un­der­stand the cir­cum­stances of the de­rail­ment and to as­sist pas­sen­gers and rail­way staff. The cause of the de­rail­ment was found to be the re­sult of a points fail­ure. “No ev­i­dence of crim­i­nal­ity was iden­ti­fied and BTP is not in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter any fur­ther. “The Of­fice of Rail and Road and Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch was also no­ti­fied. There is noth­ing to sug­gest that the de­rail­ment was caused by the ac­tions of the driver or a fault with the train.” The travel op­er­a­tor also re­fused to com­ment on re­ports that the driver failed a drugs test fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. How­ever, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said no crim­i­nal­ity has taken place.

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