Deliberate obstruction may have caused derailment

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BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) officers believe the derailment of a train at Inverkeilor on Sunday may have been caused by a deliberate obstruction on the track.

The front carriage of the 8.04 a.m. Cross Country service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen had just left Arbroath and was heading for Montrose when it came off the track.

Fortunately the train remained upright and none of the 36 passengers on board were hurt although the driver, a 49 year-old man was treated by paramedics for a minor head knock.

BTP launched an immediate investigation following the incident at around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers found an obstruction at the scene, which they believe may have been placed there deliberately.

And now they are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

Detective Inspector Kevin McCormack of BTP said: “Fortunately, no-one was seriously injured during the incident and we now believe that the object found at the scene of the derailment must have been put there intentionally by someone.

“I am therefore anxious to speak with anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area of Inverkeilor between Saturday night (November 3) and Sunday morning (November 4).”

BTP officers say they are working closely with colleagues from Tayside Police and the rail industry to investigate the serious incident, with additional high-profile patrols taking place in the area.

An incident vehicle remains at the scene of the incident, where members of the public can attend with any information they feel may be relevant.

Trains running to and from Arbroath were cancelled for much of Sunday and all day Monday with a bus replacement service in operation from Dundee to Montrose.

The line only fully re-opened this morning (Tuesday).