February 23, 2007 / 10:10 PM / 13 years ago

Virgin train derails in Cumbria

A file photo of a railway worker examining a Virgin train, November 26, 2000. A London-to-Glasgow Virgin train derailed on Friday evening in Cumbria and emergency services said there were numerous injuries but no immediate reports of fatalities. REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell

LONDON (Reuters) - A London-to-Glasgow train derailed on Friday evening in Cumbria and emergency services said there were numerous injuries but no reports of fatalities.

“We know there are quite a few walking wounded and some with suspected broken legs and head injuries. We have not had any reports of fatalities,” said Claudine Shacklock, a spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service.

“The second carriage has actually gone down an embankment and there are six to eight casualties trapped in that carriage,” she said, adding that the train derailed near the village of Grayrigg in the Lake District.

The train is run by Virgin Trains, 49 percent-owned by bus and train operator Stagecoach Group and 51 percent by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Shacklock said the six-carriage train was carrying 180 passengers from London’s Euston station to Glasgow and that the ambulance service first got reports of the incident at 8.16 p.m.

“It’s our understanding there are a number of people injured on the train,” said Brian Mitchelhill of Cumbria Fire and Rescue. “We think there are numerous injuries.”

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