CrossCountry train 'splits in two' near Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol Temple Meads railway station
Image caption The 13:30 BST CrossCountry train split in two on Monday shortly after leaving Bristol temple Meads railway station

A train carrying more than 200 passengers "split in two" shortly after departing from a station, it has emerged.

The CrossCountry service was leaving Bristol Temple Meads when the front car separated from the rest of the carriages, the operator said.

It reportedly came to rest 14ft (4m) away.

A CrossCountry spokesman said 209 people were taken off the train, which was moved back into the station.

He said Monday's 13:30 service to Glasgow was travelling at "low speed" and the "onboard safety systems stopped the train immediately".

"At this stage there is nothing to suggest a similar problem is likely to occur on any other train of this type," he said.

An investigation has been launched.

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