Stoke & Staffordshire

Burton-upon-Trent train's 'electrical explosion' probed

train carriage with debris Image copyright Rail Accident Investigation Branch
Image caption The explosion was not detected until the train changed ends in Birmingham

An explosion on board a passenger train caused "considerable damage", investigators say.

According to a spokesperson, the empty train was departing Central Rivers service depot in Burton-upon-Trent when onboard electrical equipment exploded in a coach cupboard.

It was only discovered when the driver moved through the train to change ends at Birmingham New Street Station.

The incident is being probed by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

It happened on board a CrossCountry service at about 06:00 BST on 26 September.

The operator said the cause was "quickly identified" and minor modifications were made on similar trains.

Tom Joyner, CrossCountry's managing director, said: "The safety of our customers and staff is always our highest priority. We are grateful to our engineers and maintenance company for ensuring so quickly that this cannot happen again."

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