Kirkby train derails and crashes into bridge

A Merseyrail train has derailed and hit a bridge at Kirkby station.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were all called to the station on Saturday evening involving the 6.35pm service between Kirkby and Liverpool.

None injuries were reported among the 12 passengers and two staff members aboard the train when it hit the buffers and collided with the bridge.

Transport chiefs are now investigating the circumstances behind the crash and confirmed Kirkby station will be out of public use until further notice.

“This evening the 18:35 train from Kirkby to Liverpool collided with the buffer stop at Kirkby station and derailed,” said a Merseyrail spokesperson.

“Twelve passengers and two crew members were on board the train.

“All passengers and staff were checked by paramedics at the scene and no further medical treatment was required.

“The driver has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

“A full investigation is now underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident and Kirkby station will remain closed until further notice.

“Tonight Kirkby services are terminating at Rice Lane and rail replacement buses are operating to Fazakerley and Kirkby.

“Anyone wishing to travel to Fazakerley or Kirkby from tomorrow should board Ormskirk services to Aintree where a rail replacement bus is in operation, calling at Fazakerley and Kirkby stations.”