Train evacuated in Kent after 'hitting object' on line

Passengers using a ramp linked to rescue train at Tonbridge station
Image caption Passengers on the commuter train used a ramp to get onto the rescue train

A commuter train travelling from East Sussex to London had to be evacuated after it "struck an object" in Kent.

Southeastern's 06:12 GMT Ore to Charing Cross service suffered a complete loss of power and came to a standstill at Tonbridge station at about 07:35.

The firm said the "shoe gear was ripped off" as the train travelled on the middle line through the station.

Passengers were evacuated via a bridging ramp linked to a rescue train in an operation lasting three hours.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Buses were used to take passengers between Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks while the line was blocked.

Southeastern apologised for the disruption to services and said it was conducting a full investigation into what happened.

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