South Scotland

Kirtlebridge track workers 'narrowly avoided' 125mph train

Workers Image copyright Virgin Trains
Image caption A camera on board the train captured the workmen close to the track

A group of track workers "narrowly avoided" being hit by a train travelling at 125mph (200kmh).

The incident happened during an inspection of the West Coast main line south of Kirtlebridge in Dumfries and Galloway on 14 November.

There were no injuries but the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has undertaken a preliminary examination.

It looked at the circumstances of the incident and said a safety report would be published in due course.

The incident happened at about 09:00 and involved a Virgin train.

The RAIB has now looked into what happened and said it would issue a safety report looking at what lessons could be learned.

It said that should be available in the next few weeks.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "We take the safety of our engineers seriously and work closely with the RAIB.

"We have carried out our own internal investigation into this incident and will carefully review the RAIB digest when published."

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