Train stranded after hitting cows on tracks near Oxford
Published: 9th May 2012 22:02:55
A passenger train with about 200 people on board crashed into a herd of cows on the tracks in Oxfordshire.
The Crosscountry Trains service between Bournemouth and Manchester came to a halt north of Oxford, near the village of Tackley, after hitting 12 animals.
A company spokesman said the train had remained on the rails and no-one had been injured.
The line was closed between Oxford and Banbury and the train was stuck on the line for about four hours.
Passengers wanting to travel on the route were advised to make their way through London. Rail replacement buses were also organised.
The Crosscountry spokesman said the accident had involved "farm animals that had strayed on to the line."
He said the train would be inspected and then taken to Banbury to drop off passengers.
One of those on board the train, Drew Benvie, tweeted that he had been told they had hit 12 cows at full speed, five minutes after leaving Oxford.
"People in tears. Train is on the tracks," he wrote.
"Everyone incl driver is ok. People saw a vehicle and a lot of blood... We're being assured it was a herd of cattle. Felt like we'd derailed.
"Poor driver, poor farmer and poor poor cows. The train staff have been great. But we're still very much stranded," he tweeted at 20:39 BST.
Shortly after 21:00 he said the train was moving and on its way back into Oxford.
At 12:00:31 in WalesA bride-to-be had her hen party advertised on a billboard in the centre of Cardiff as a wedding gift from her friends.
At 11:53:49 in EnglandA charity has criticised a backlog of more than 150 women who had to wait more than two weeks to be tested for breast cancer at a Devon hospital.
At 11:53:15 in ScotlandThousands of music fans saw hip hop star Dizzee Rascal headline the first night of the annual Wickerman Festival.
At 11:51:03 in Northern IrelandA 57-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Newry, County Down.
At 11:43:10 in EnglandWarnings have gone out to people on beaches to protect their feet after ambulance crews were called to reports of four weever fish stings in one day.
At 11:42:01 in EnglandShoals of fish that normally inhabit warm Mediterranean waters have been seen swimming in the North Sea off the Essex coast.
At 11:37:21 in EnglandPublic health officials have warned there could be an increase in smoke from a recycling site fire in Swindon.
At 11:36:52 in EnglandA £1m scheme to replace an ageing water main in Surrey is to start in September.
At 11:29:12 in EnglandScores of people arrived more than 90 minutes early for the official opening of Leicester's Richard III visitor centre.
At 11:27:16 in HealthNigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Train stranded after hitting cows on tracks near Oxford [Online] (Updated 9th May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1427535/Train-stranded-after-hitting-cows-on-tracks-near-Oxford [Accessed 26th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
Thousands of music fans saw hip hop star Dizzee Rascal headline the first night of the annual Wickerman Festival.
It's exactly half a century since the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof - among the most successful stage musicals written to date. In 1964 Sheldon Harnick and his colleagues worried that the setting, a small Jewish township in eastern Europe in the early 1900s, might limit the show's appeal. But, says Harnick, the show's real subject is a universal one - family.
A charity has criticised a backlog of more than 150 women who had to wait more than two weeks to be tested for breast cancer at a Devon hospital.
A bride-to-be had her hen party advertised on a billboard in the centre of Cardiff as a wedding gift from her friends.
Arcade machines kept in the UK Computer Museum are being restored after enthusiasts answered a plea for help.
A 57-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Newry, County Down.