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Runaway train rolls out of depot

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A runaway train rolls out of its depot without a driver before being derailed

A driverless runaway train derailed after it rolled out of its depot on Merseyside.

The train, operated by Mersey Rail, left the track at Walton Junction on the northern line just after 1100 BST.

Merseyrail said the three-car electric train had been powered down and was stationary before the incident. No passengers were on board.

Network Rail said it had turned off the power supply in the area to investigate the incident.

A spokesman for Merseyrail added: "Clearly there will be an investigation because a train should not move of its own accord.

"Luckily the first points on the line did the job and stopped the train."

Nobody was injured in the incident.

All services have been suspended on the Kirkby line, with replacement bus services operating between Sandhills, Maghull and Kirkby.

Services have now been restored on the Southport line.



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