Rail services halted after train hits tree

Rail services on the East Coast mainline have been halted after a train was damaged when it struck a tree in Fife.

Friday, 31st March 2017, 1:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:21 pm
ScotRail says no one has been injured. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
ScotRail says no one has been injured. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The 1pm ScotRail Edinburgh to Dundee service came to a halt after the windscreen was damaged in the incident which happened between Burntisland and Aberdour shortly before 1.30pm.

As a result, services in both directions have been stopped while investigations are underway.

ScotRail says no one appears to be injured.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Passengers on board have been told that they may be delayed for at least another hour.

A ScotRail Alliance spokesperson said: “A train has struck a tree near Burntisland.

“We’re pleased to say that there are no injuries to customers or train staff reported.

“We’re currently investigating the incident and services on this part of the line are at a standstill.

“Where possible services will be diverted via Cowdenbeath until the blockage is cleared.”

One passenger, who asked not to be named, said: “There was a crunch when we hit the tree, you could see bit of itflying past, and feel pieces of it under the train as it rattled.

“I think the driver must have tried to stop before we hit it. We’ve stopped near Burntisland but it happened slightly further back towards Aberdour.”

An enginewer has been dispatched to see if the train can be moved.

Disruption is expected to last until at least 3.30pm.

More to follow.