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Kibworth train derailment 'caused by faulty axle'

The derailment of an East Midlands passenger train was probably caused by a faulty axle, investigators say.

Services were disrupted for four days after the London to Sheffield service derailed near Kibworth on Saturday.

A preliminary report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found no evidence the track or signalling was to blame.

East Midlands Trains (EMT) officials said they have carried out safety checks on the rest of their fleet.

They found no faults of a similar nature.

Debris 'damaged cars'

Up to 200 passengers were forced to leave the train when it derailed, but no-one was injured.

A reduced timetable was operated until Wednesday while damage to a two-mile stretch of the track was repaired.

The RAIB said they received reports that one or more vehicles on an adjacent road were struck and damaged by debris as the derailed train passed.

The independent investigator is continuing with its investigation.

A spokesman said: "The RAIB's preliminary examination has identified that the derailment is likely to have been the result of the failure of an axle in proximity to the final drive.

"The exact nature of this failure and associated factors will be the subject of detailed examination by the RAIB, with the cooperation of the operator and rolling stock maintainer, Bombardier.

"Any urgent safety issues arising during this investigation will be the subject of a notification to all the industry parties affected."

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