Glasgow & West Scotland

Crane removes derailed Glasgow to Oban train

derailed train carriage lifted by crane
Image caption One of the carriages of the train was lifted from the crash site by a crane

Work has begun to remove a derailed train which was resting over a 15-metre embankment in Argyll.

A crane capable of lifting 1,000 tonnes has lifted one of two carriages on to a low loader truck on the A85.

The Glasgow to Oban train came off the line shortly before 2100 BST on Sunday after striking boulders brought down by a landslip.

The crash happened near the Falls of Cruachan power station by Loch Awe.

Routes reopened

All 60 passengers on board were safely rescued with eight taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has begun a probe into the incident.

Network Rail, which operates the UK's tracks and signalling system, has been co-ordinating the operation to retrieve the derailed train.

A spokesman said it hoped the A85, which has been closed since the crash, and railway line would be re-opened on Monday.

Repairs will have to be carried out to the track which was badly damaged during the crash as well as further inspections to ensure there are no more landslips.

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