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Passenger 'injured' after waves 'smash' train window

Passenger 'injured' after waves 'smash' train window

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:04pm 16th January 2020. (Updated at 2:13pm 16th January 2020)

A passenger has been 'injured' after big waves smashed a train window on the main rail line to Cornwall.

It happened at Dawlish on Thursday afternoon and one person was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

British Transport Police were called at midday amid reports a wave had smashed a window.

Great Western Railway (GWR) has confirmed that there is disruption and delays on the line because of the adverse weather conditions.

"We were called to Dawlish station at 12pm today following reports that a wave had smashed a train window.

"One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Passengers are advised to check with National Rail for travel updates."

British Transport Police

One passenger tweeted: "Huge wave smashes into moving train and breaks window passing through Dawlish, several passengers injured. 

"Two trains stuck and ours is abandoned at Newton Abbot."

They then added: "Hope the people injured by the wave breaking the train window at Dawlish are okay. 

"Two other trains stuck and our train abandoned at Newton Abbot. Well done GWR for swift organisation of replacement buses."

Train passenger

“The 1057 from Exmouth to Paignton has been damaged by sea debris. The train has now moved forward and terminated at Newton Abbot.  

“The 1052 Paignton to Paddington service developed a train fault between Teignmouth and Dawlish and was subsequently terminated at Exeter. The fault has yet to be investigated.”

GWR

It was causing problems between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids.

GWR says that all lines have now re-opened but disruption is expected until around 3.45pm.

"Following severe weather between Newton Abbot and Exeter St Davids all lines have now reopened. Disruption is expected until 15:45 16/01.

"Impact: Train services between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

"Customer Advice: Stagecoach bus route 2: Newton Abbot (Sherborne Rd) - Teignmouth - Dawlish (Green) - Starcross (Station) - Exeter (Bus Station) are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice. 

"Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

"Additional Information: Severe weather / tidal conditions along the Dawlish sea wall is having an adverse effect on train services. At present (13:15) train services are now able to operate between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot once again. 

"The disruption was considerable and this will continue to affect the Dawlish area together with routes further afield at Exmouth / Paignton / Plymouth / Barnstaple for a while."

GWR

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