Jul 19 2012 By Kevan Christie
ScotRail train derailed by landslide near Dunfermline
A WITNESS said last night that rail passengers were lucky to be alive after their train was derailed when it hit a mudslide.
Around 30 passengers and two crew members were on board when the front carriage of a ScotRail train smashed into a mudslip and came off the tracks.
The accident happened on a stretch of rail between Rosyth and Dunfermline, near Pitreavie Industrial Estate, at 4.10pm.
There were no injuries but Alan Goodsir, owner of Gym 64, near Rosyth, was amazed there were no fatalities.
The 48-year-old said: “I’m just glad no one was hurt – they’ve had a lucky escape.”
Alan first became aware of the incident when police officers came “flying” into his gym near the track.
“Our gym was flooded and my staff were outside getting rid of water. Then three police officers came flying through the door. saying a train had been derailed.
“I gave them a loan of our ladders and they climbed over the fence to help.”
Train services between the two stations were disrupted by delays and cancellations.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “The front carriage came off the track but it remained upright. There have been no reports of any injuries.
“The carriage came into contact with a line barrier but it was not a significant derailment.”
Heavy rain caused travel chaos across the country yesterday and another train was also affected by landslides.
A ScotRail service between Oban and Glasgow Queen Street struck a landslip near Crianlarich at around 1.30pm but didn’t come off the tracks.
The four-carriage train, carrying 66 passengers and three crew, smashed into collapsed banking. ScotRail said no one was injured.
A spokeswoman added: “Passengers were transferred into the rear two coaches, which returned to Oban. We arranged onward transport so that people could continue their journeys.”
A month’s rain, two inches’ worth, fell in 18 hours and BBC Weather reported that 50mm fell in Edinburgh and parts of Perthshire.
Several football matches were called off, including Dundee United’s glamour friendly with Everton. It has been rescheduled for tonight.
Motherwell’s visit to Arbroath and a Fife derby between Dunfermline and East Fife were also cancelled.
Residents in Stirling have been given sandbags, and two nurseries and several roads in the city were closed.
Commuters can expect more hazardous conditions as the Met Office issued amber weather warnings of heavy rain across Scotland today.
The weather experts have put warnings in place for Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, south-west Scotland, Lothian and the Borders.
But some parts of Scotland – including the Outer Hebrides – have experienced a drought. The islands have had no real rain for months.