Passenger Train Hits Stopped Freight Train, 30 Hurt
PAISLEY, Scotland (AP) _ A three-car passenger train slammed into a stationary freight train Thursday, injuring about 30 people, British Rail said.
The casualty toll could have been worse if the driver of the passenger train had not hit the brakes when he saw the freight train, a fireman said.
The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes before firemen cut him free, and was hospitalized with multiple leg injuries, said British Rail spokesman George Reynolds.
″About 30 passengers were taken to infirmary with minor injuries,″ Reynolds said, adding that only two of them were likely to require hospitalization.
There was no report of injuries on the freight train, and it was not immediately clear why that train had stopped.
The passenger train was en route to Glasgow, five miles northeast of Paisley. The freight train was traveling in the same direction, carrying iron ore to a British Steel plant, Reynolds said.
″I think the saving grace was the considerable distance that the driver had to slow down after spotting the goods (freight) train,″ said a fireman who did not give his name. ″It could have been much worse.″