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Monday, 4 May, 1998, 21:41 GMT 22:41 UK
Train accident causes travel chaos
derailment
The disruption looks set to continue for several days
A freight train has been derailed at Cardiff Central Station, blocking lines into south and west Wales.

Hundreds of Bank Holiday travellers were stranded at the station after the accident on Monday evening.

No-one was injured but the chaos looks set to continue for several days.

The train, carrying iron ore, was on its way from Port Talbot to steel works in Llanwern, when 11 wagons toppled over.

The derailment caused extensive damage to the track and possible structural damage to a bridge just outside the station.

Railtrack said repair work would start on Monday night, but could take several days.

The train operating company, Great Western Trains, said bus services would be provided for commuters in the morning, but were anticipating chaotic scenes as people began the working week.

Railtrack has issued a helpline number for those travelling over the next 24 hours. The number is: 0345 114141.

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