BREAKING: Train hits obstruction near Helpston and leaks fuel with passengers onboard

Firefighters are currently tackling a fuel spill on the rail line near Helpston after a train hit an obstruction.

Thursday, 7th December 2017, 11:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:21 pm
Peterborough Railway Station. Photo: Paul Franks

Passengers are currently remaining on a train between Peterborough and Grantham after the incident this morning (Thursday, December 7) left the train’s fuel tank ruptured.

There are reports on social media that there is also a small fire on the train

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews are currently at an incident involving a train near Helpston.

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“Firefighters from Stanground and Dogsthorpe, with crews from Stamford and Market Deeping, are there.

“The train’s fuel tanks have ruptured with the contents leaking onto the tracks. The passengers remain on the train.

National Rail tweeted: “Onboard train crew have advised that the obstruction has caused a fuel leak causing the train to come to a halt. Passengers remain on board and are safe and secure.”

East Midlands Trains tweeted: “Our Peterborough to Grantham trains are being delayed because of a train hitting an obstruction on the line near Peterborough earlier.”

Virgin Trains East Coast said: “A broken down train caused by an obstruction on the track between Peterborough and Grantham is causing disruption to journeys between these stations. Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or cancelled.”

Disruption is expected until 12.30pm.