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London: Train crashes through barriers at Enfield Town station

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A recovery operation is underway to make the track safe again (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

Two people are hurt after a train crashed through the barriers at a station in north London this morning.

Dramatic pictures show the train raised up at an angle and jutting over the tracks after it hit the buffers at Enfield station at around 8.15am.

Eyewitnesses said the train just stopped short of crashing into the station window and veering onto the platform.

Around 50 people were evacuated from the train by the London Fire Brigade, who remain at the scene.

Two people were treated for minor injuries, but they were not taken to hospital.

Overground services have been suspended between Enfield Town and Edmonton Green.

National Rail said the busy commuter route is not expected to resume today.

Trains will continue to run as normal between London Liverpool Street and Edmonton Green before taking a diversion to terminate and restart at Cheshunt. 

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The train crashed through the barriers at Enfield station

Enfield train derailment (Picture: Robert Likovszki)

Two people have been injured (Picture: Robert Likovszki)

A recovery operation to make the scene safe is now underway.

Shocked commuters described scenes of chaos as the crash happened, but said emergency services arrived within minutes.

Images show the crash caused damage to the front of the train, which narrowly avoided crashing through the station window.

One person tweeted: ‘Just been there & chaos at the door. Train arrived at Enfield Town & crashed into the buffers. Fortunately didn’t go through the station window.’

Another said: ‘In all my years of using Enfield Town for commuting nothing like this incident has occurred. Really, really hope everyone affected is ok. Thanks to the emergency services for being on the scene so fast.’

A third wrote: ‘Train crashed through barrier at #Enfield Town Station this morning. Just managed to stop short of platform. Emergency services out in force.’

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Eyewitnesses said the train stopped short of veering onto the platform

(Picture: London Fire Brigade) Firefighters have attended a derailed train at #Enfield Town station this morning. Crews carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure no one was trapped. Two people have been treated for minor injuries by @Ldn_Ambulance crews https://orlo.uk/cnXGG

The train narrowly missed the station window (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

The London Fire Brigade have released a detailed statement regarding their rescue operation.

A spokesman said: ‘Firefighters have been called to a derailed train at Enfield Town Railway Station this morning.

‘An eight carriage passenger train derailed after hitting buffers at the station.

‘Around 50 people were evacuated from the train before the Brigade arrived by TfL and station staff. Two people have been treated at the scene for minor injuries by London Ambulance Service crews.

‘The Brigade was called at 0827 and is still at the scene. Three fire engines and two fire rescue units are in attendance.’

(Picture: London Fire Brigade) Firefighters have attended a derailed train at #Enfield Town station this morning. Crews carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure no one was trapped. Two people have been treated for minor injuries by @Ldn_Ambulance crews https://orlo.uk/cnXGG

Around 50 people were evacuated from the train (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

(Picture: London Fire Brigade) Firefighters have attended a derailed train at #Enfield Town station this morning. Crews carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure no one was trapped. Two people have been treated for minor injuries by @Ldn_Ambulance crews https://orlo.uk/cnXGG

Overground services have been suspended for the rest of the day (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

Station Commander Jim O’Neill, who is at the scene, said: ‘The train has 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 are now assisting station staff to make the scene safe and a recovery operation will then be carried out.’

 A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 8:16am this morning (12 October) 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.’

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