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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 January 2007, 13:38 GMT
Driver hurt as train hits buffers
Merseyrail train
The collision involved a Merseyrail service
Two people have been taken to hospital after a train crashed into the buffers at a Merseyside railway station.

West Kirby station has been closed following the collision at 1157 GMT, which caused some structural damage.

No one was seriously injured in the incident, though the train driver and guard were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital with minor injuries.

Replacement bus services are being brought in and services between Hoylake and West Kirby have been suspended.

Investigation launched

The collision, which involved the Merseyrail 1051 GMT service, is believed to have occurred at low speed.

Police said none of the passengers on the train were injured.

Structural engineers have been called to assess the damage and it is expected to take some time for the train to be removed.

British Transport Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue service and Merseyside Police are currently at the scene.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has been informed about the incident.




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