England: Two Freight Trains Crash, Injuring One Person

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Nov 1, 2000 - 02:21 AM

Two Freight Trains Crash, Injuring One Person The Associated Press

BRISTOL, England (AP) - Two freight trains crashed Wednesday outside a railroad station in southwest England, injuring one of the drivers, officials said. An empty Royal Mail train slammed into the back of a loaded coal train at Lawrence Hill near Bristol, 122 miles west of London, said Railtrack, which maintains Britain's railways. The mail train's locomotive was knocked off the track and catapulted over the other train.

Railtrack said the driver of the mail truck suffered head injuries. The other driver was not injured.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

The collision is the latest difficulty for Britain's railways, which are under pressure to make urgent safety improvements after a passenger train derailment last month that killed four people.

Britain's rail network suffered further problems when a severe storm swept across England early Monday, toppling trees onto lines and forcing many train companies to cancel and restrict services. http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAFZCRO0FC.html

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