Two people have been injured after a train carrying 50 people ploughed through the buffers and stopped just short of a station in north London.
Around 50 people were evacuated after the incident involving a London Overground service at Enfield Town station during rush hour on Tuesday morning.
Images posted on social media show the train remained upright but came off the tracks and stopped just short of hitting a station building.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.16am this morning to reports of a train derailed at Enfield Town railway station, Enfield.
“We sent a number of resources to the scene: one ambulance crew, an emergency planning officer, a clinical team manager, two incident response officers, medics in cars, and our hazardous area response team.
“Two people were assessed at the scene for minor injuries, but they were not taken to hospital.”
The driver, who is being treated for shock, was breathalysed at the scene per British Transport Police policy, and blew negative.
Train crashed through barrier at #Enfield Town Station this morning. Just managed to stop short of platform. Emergency services out in force. Station closed.@EnfieldDispatch @BBCTomEdwards @BBCLondonNews pic.twitter.com/3xEE2aIWHS
— David Hilliard (@davidfhilliard) October 12, 2021
Station staff helped passengers off the train before London Fire Brigade attended.
Station commander Jim O’Neill, who was at the scene, said: “The train had hit the buffers at the station, which is at the end of the line, and gone up over the top of them.
“Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure there were no further people on board.
“Crews assisted station staff to make the scene safe and a recovery operation will now be carried out.”
No trains for rest of the day
There will be no services at Enfield Town station until tomorrow, a National Rail spokesman has suggested.
They said: “An operating incident at Enfield Town means no trains will run between Edmonton Green and Enfield Town.
“Trains will continue to run as normal between London Liverpool Street and Edmonton Green before taking a diversion to terminate at / restart at Cheshunt.
“Due to the nature of this incident, it is likely that trains will be unable to call at Enfield Town and Bush Hill Park until the end of the day.”
Nesil Caliskan, the Labour council leader of Enfield, said: “This morning a train derailed at Enfield Town Station. Thank you to emergency services and Transport for London staff for their quick response.
“My thoughts are with everybody involved.”
Enfield Town pic.twitter.com/Vo8ziRGe9O
— Andy osv (@JonDoe03874655) October 12, 2021
Driver in ‘shock’
The driver of the train which crashed at Enfield Town station is in “shock”, according to Network Rail.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “At approximately 8.20am a train hit the buffer stops at Enfield Town at slow speed.
“The driver is being treated for shock and there are reports of a few minor injuries.
“Emergency services including the British Transport Police are on site and an investigation is under way.”
— Robert Likovszki (@RLikovszki) October 12, 2021
Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said: “We’re aware of an incident at Enfield Town railway station and we are sending two ORR safety inspectors to assist emergency services and help establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.”
A worker from a nearby sorting office said he was “shocked” by the sight of the crashed train at Enfield station but added the situation “seemed very much in control”.
Gary Spencer said he did not hear the crash but walked over to the station from his workplace after seeing dozens of emergency services vehicles rushing to the scene.
“(There was) initially some shock but more importantly (I was hoping) that there were no casualties,” the 37-year-old told the PA news agency.
“I have never known a train to fail stopping at the end of the line… if the metal steel was not behind the buffer I’m confident the train would have damaged the building.
“The situation seemed very much in control.”