Merseyrail train derails and hits bridge at Kirkby station

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A Merseyrail train has derailed and hit a bridge at Kirkby station.

In a statement, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "We are currently in attendance at Kirkby Railway Station following an incident involving a train.

"Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm. Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.

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"The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.

"Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

"The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

"Merseyside Police are also in attendance. The incident is ongoing."

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Merseyrail said: "Due to an operational incident at Kirkby. Services on the Kirkby line are meeting with delays and will start and terminate at Rice Lane.

"There are no reports of any injuries and emergency services are on site. Rail replacement are in operation between Rice Lane & Kirkby."

We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

Key Events

  • Disruption likely to impact trains from Monday
  • BREAKING: VIDEO FROM THE SCENE
  • Merseyrail train derailment: What we know so far
  • Update on driver of train
  • BREAKING: Statement from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Clear-up operation to continue into the night

That's the end of our live blog from Kirkby. The job to clear up the damage will continue into the night, over the weekend and beyond.

Thanks for reading.

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Train derailment caused by 'buffer stop' smash

New story on train derailment in Kirkby:

Smash was caused by 'buffer stop' collision.

And train driver was taken to hospital.

More, here – https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/train-driver-taken-hospital-after-20142373

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Fire crews to leave Kirkby derailment scene

Merseyside Fire and Rescue: "Following a multi agency meeting, it has been determined that no further action is required from fire crews. The incident has been handed over to British Transport Police.

"Fire crews are expected to leave the scene shortly."

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Multi agency meeting is taking place between all emergency services and other organisations

Fire crews remain on scene.

A further multi agency meeting is taking place between Merseyrail, Network Rail, MFRS, Merseyside Police, North West Ambulance Service, British Transport Police and Knowsley Council.

As a result of the incident, services on the Kirkby line are meeting with delays and will start and terminate at Rice Lane.

KEY EVENT

Disruption likely to impact trains from Monday

National Rail has issued an update

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Search and rescue officers at the scene

Emergency services at Kirkby station

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Emergency services continue to work at the scene

Emergency services work at the scene

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Rail replacements are available

Rail replacement are in operation between Rice Lane & Kirkby.

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Pictures at the scene of Kirkby Station

Emergency services are still at the scene

Emergency services at Kirkby train station
Emergency services at Kirkby station

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Emergency services at the scene of the incident

KEY EVENT

BREAKING: VIDEO FROM THE SCENE

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Further pictures show damage

The train hit a bridge close to the town's station.

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12 passengers on board at the time

There were about 12 passengers on board at the time, who were said to be uninjured and were able to walk off the train.

KEY EVENT

Merseyrail train derailment: What we know so far

The crash happened after the train derailed and hit a bridge close to the town's station.

Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm.

Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

Police, fire crews and paramedics are currently at the scene

Read the full story here

KEY EVENT

Update on driver of train

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service."

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Services will start and terminate at Rice Lane

Services on the Kirkby line are meeting with delays and will start and terminate at Rice Lane.

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First images from the scene

Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge

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Police, fire crews and paramedics at the scene

Police, fire crews and paramedics are currently at the scene following the incident at about 7pm.

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Latest Merseyrail tweet

Merseyrail confirm incident

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BREAKING: One train has derailed and hit a bridge

In a statement, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "We are currently in attendance at Kirkby Railway Station following an incident involving a train.

"Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm. Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.

"The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.

"Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

"The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

"Merseyside Police are also in attendance. "The incident is ongoing."

KEY EVENT

BREAKING: Statement from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

In a statement, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "We are currently in attendance at Kirkby Railway Station following an incident involving a train.
"Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm. Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.
"The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.
"Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.
"The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.
"Merseyside Police are also in attendance.
"The incident is ongoing."

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Merseyrail tweet confirms incident

In an initial tweet, Merseyrail said a train had been involved in an accident at Kirkby.

However, this has now been deleted, and Merseyrail are describing the incident as 'operational'.

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