Train is derailed by landslide

Banbury Cake: Emergency services are attending the scene of a train derailment in Cumbria (Network Rail/PA) Emergency services are attending the scene of a train derailment in Cumbria (Network Rail/PA)

Heavy rain and flash flooding has caused havoc in Cumbria, with a train travelling to the Sellafield nuclear plant being derailed following a landslide.

The two-coach passenger train, which was carrying more than 100 people, struck a landslip near Nethertown, south of Caulderton in West Cumbria, at 6.45am.

The train remained upright and there were no injuries to any passengers or staff.

A recovery train for those on board was sent but this encountered another landslide so passengers were taken to the nearest road for further transport.

Cumbria Police, along with officers from the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and other emergency services all attended the scene.

It is estimated that it will take up to 48 hours for the damage to be repaired and for the line to be made safe.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "Following a landslip onto the railway near St Bees, buses are replacing trains between Whitehaven and Sellafield. Approximately 100 passengers were removed from a train which ran into the landslip at 6.45am, derailing the front set of wheels.

"Our engineers are on site determining the extent of the damage and the repairs necessary to reopen the line, though it is unlikely that services will resume today."

Elsewhere in the county, more than 100 homes were affected by flooding during the night and about 20 elderly people had to be relocated to Egremont Market Hall after a power cut.

In some parts of the region more than 2.2in (55mm) of rain fell in a 27-hour period.

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