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Virgin Trains driver injured by electric shock en route to Liverpool Lime Street

Major rail disruption | Virgin Trains driver injured by electric shock en route to Liverpool Lime Street

Chaos as all trains on Liverpool to London route are brought to standstill with passengers advise to assess their travel arrangements for Wednesday

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The collapse of overhead cabling caused major disruptions

Wednesday morning update

Virgin Trains has this morning reported that trains from Liverpool Lime Street are now running normally.

9.30pm Tuesday story

The driver of a train on its way to Liverpool was injured after overhead power cables came down on the track near Runcorn.

The incident happened at around 7.30pm and caused major disruptions on all lines and services between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street.

The ECHO understands that the driver managed to stop the train in time after spotting the power cables on the track.

He got out of his cab to make the train safe and to check for a marker on the track so he could report his location to the control room.

It was during this time that he received an electric shock and at 9.30pm, he was on the way to hospital.

More than 160 passengers were stranded for up to two hours on the train while paramedics attended to the driver.

At one point, the lights went out on a London Midlands service and torches were distributed to passengers.

A Virgin Trains spokesman told the ECHO: “Problems with the overhead power lines near Runcorn have led to a train being stranded with around 150 people on board.

"Unfortunately as a result of this incident, the train driver has been injured whilst carrying out his duty to protect passengers.

"He has now been taken to hospital.

“Our first priority was to make the train safe and switch the power off.

"The evacuation process is just starting (around 9.30pm) and passengers are being taken on to coaches which will take them to Liverpool Lime Street through Runcorn.

“There is likely to be serious disruption to services for the rest of this evening and customers should check before they travel.

"We are working closely with Network Rail to re-open the line as soon as possible. There may also be delays to services tomorrow.”

Other trains including two London Midland services full of passengers were also stuck on the line behind the Virgin train.

A spokeswoman said that they were looking to evacuate the passengers.

Virgin Trains reported that Arriva Trains Wales services were conveying passengers between Crewe and Chester in both directions.

Merseyrail were conveying passengers in both directions between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street while Northern Rail & Transpennine Express conveyed passengers between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

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