Run­away train goes 4 miles

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TWO rail work­ers jumped off a run­away train which trav­elled for four miles af­ter hit­ting a tree, ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

The 40mph col­li­sion near Mark­inch sta­tion, Fife, dis­abled the main­te­nance train’s brakes, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary re­port by the Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch.

The train came to a rest af­ter reach­ing an up­hill sec­tion of track, but then rolled back.

Af­ter mak­ing an emer­gency call on the train ra­dio, the crew jumped clear, suf­fer­ing mi­nor in­juries.

The train even­tu­ally stopped at a low point near Thorn­ton North Junc­tion af­ter rolling back and forth sev­eral times.

Dam­age to the un­der­side of the train from the fallen tree caused the brakes to be “ir­re­versibly re­leased”, the RAIB said.

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