Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Train 'Seconds from Disaster' in Wall Collapse

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Train 'Seconds from Disaster' in Wall Collapse

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A MANCHESTER train was just 'seconds away' from a 'major disaster' when a wall collapsed near Liverpool, union bosses have claimed.

Around 20 tonnes of rubble fell onto the tracks between Edge Hill Station and Liverpool Lime Street on Tuesday evening. It has now been revealed that a service travelling from Manchester Airport to Liverpool had to make an emergency stop as a result.

The driver on the 16.40 Northern service hit the brakes after the rubble triggered a 'red signal' causing all trains on the line to stop, the train company have confirmed.

It then proceeded at very low speed until more rubble caused a loss of power on the line. The train eventually stopped safely, but officials from one of the country's leading transport unions say it was 'very lucky' that it, or another Northern service from Wigan, which was behind it, escaped a collision. …

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