Train derails at station and smashes into bridge causing massive damage

A major emergency operation is underway after a train derailed and hit a bridge in Merseyside.

The smash happened at around 7pm in Kirkby while 12 passengers were onboard.

The driver was being assessed by paramedics, while passengers walked off uninjured.

In a statement, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently in attendance at Kirkby Railway Station following an incident involving a train.

“Crews were alerted at 7.01pm and on scene at 7.05pm.

“Two fire engines are currently in attendance as well as the search and rescue appliance.

“The incident involves one train which has derailed and hit a bridge.

“Passengers have been evacuated from the train and there are not believed to be any injuries.

“The driver of the train has been assisted from the train and is currently being assessed by paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

“Merseyside Police are also in attendance.

“The incident is ongoing.”

A Merseyrail spokeswoman said: “Due to an operational incident at Kirkby, services on the Kirkby line are meeting with delays and will start and terminate at Rice Lane.

“There are no reports of any injuries and emergency services are on site.”