Train derails at Kirkby station causing massive damage

A major emergency operation is underway this evening after a train derailed in Kirkby.

Police, fire crews and paramedics are currently at the scene following the incident at about 7pm.

The crash happened after the train derailed and hit a bridge close to the town’s station.

There were about 12 passengers on board at the time, who were said to be uninjured and were able to walk off the train.

The driver is being assessed by paramedics.

Pictures showed very serious damage close to or at Kirkby station.

Train derails at Kirkby station causing massive damage
(Image: Jack Morris)

The images showed broken sections of the platform and some significant piles of rubble.

In a statement, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently in attendance at Kirkby Railway Station following an incident involving a train.

“Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm.

“Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.

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“The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.

“Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

“The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

Train derails at Kirkby station causing massive damage
(Image: Jack Morris)

“Merseyside Police are also in attendance.

“The incident is ongoing.”

A Merseyrail spokeswoman said: “Due to an operational incident at Kirkby, services on the Kirkby line are meeting with delays and will start and terminate at Rice Lane.

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“There are no reports of any injuries and emergency services are on site.”

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