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A Virgin train has derailed and slid down an embankment in Cumbria, witnesses say.
Witnesses said the train derailed before sliding down an embankment and a number of carriages were on their side. It is unclear if people were injured.
It is understood the train was the 1750 GMT Virgin Train from London's Euston Station to Glasgow.
Services between Preston and Carlisle were suspended
A passenger is reported to have died and dozens have been injured after a train derailed and slid down an embankment in Cumbria.
Ambulance crews said three were in a critical condition in hospital.
Originally posted by subz
If there was ever an argument against privatising essential services, this is it.
BBC Today Programme
The authors of the report for the Rail Safety and Standards Board say train managers are working under a false assumption that ever-increasing investment in safety gadgets will satisfy the public.
They point out that the incidence of fatal train crashes has been going down steadily from 8.8 a year in the 1940s (see chart) to 1 a year so far this century. Contrary to popular opinion, they say, fewer people have died in the 9 years since rail privatisation (97) compared with the nine years before privatisation (127).
A striking example is the government's commitment to massive safety investment on the railways. The policy is in line with the recommendations of the joint safety inquiry following the Southall and Ladbroke Grove crashes. The inquiry recommended that the "advanced train protection system" should be installed across the network saving, possibly, an average of two lives a year at a cost of £2 billion - roughly 200 times more than is spent on preventing a road death (see table below).
Despite popular myths about the effects of privatisation, rail travel is getting safer. Research by Andrew Evans, professor of transport safety at University college, London, shows that fatal train accidents per billion train-kilometres have consistently declined from 11 a year in 1967 to three a year in 2000.
The leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union, Bob Crow, told ITV News: "All our indications are that people on the scene are saying that it was a points failure.
"And I think people can dismiss the idea that it was a cow on the track or vandalism."
Originally posted by apex
On topic, it is sad that one person died, but looking at the wreckage and the fact that it almost completely derailed, it could have been a lot worse.
Originally posted by Desert Dawg
Would that be the points of a rail-switch?
Is Britain having more rail accidents now than it did prior to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq?
I don't have the statistics, but it seems that's true here in the US.
This is the first serious rail accident of this type for a long while. We do get a few accidents involving trains hitting cars on level crossings in rural areas though ....
Up to 700 sets of points across the entire rail network are to be checked as a "precaution" following the Cumbria crash, Network Rail has said.
Investigators earlier said the accident, in which a woman died, could have been caused by a points failure.