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

A fuel spill at Helpston after a train hits an obstruction
A fuel spill at Helpston after a train hits an obstruction
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Passengers are onboard a train which is leaking fuel after it hit an obstruction near Helpston.

Firefighters are tackling the spill after the train’s fuel tank was ruptured, causing delays between Peterborough and Grantham this morning (Thursday, December 7).

There were reports on social media that there was also a small fire on the train but this has not been confirmed.

The train is due to be taken back to Peterborough where the passengers can disembark.

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

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

The emergency services at the scene

The emergency services at the scene

“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.”

British Transport Police (BTP) said it was called at 10.39am to reports of a fire, and that when they arrived they discovered it was a fuel link.

BTP said it was assisting with crowd control.

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.

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