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11.05.12

Cow crash caused by stampede – Network Rail

Cows that caused a train crash outside of Oxfordon Wednesday stampeded through a fence maintained by Network Rail, it has emerged.

However, the company has no plans to compensate the farmer and insists the fence is regularly inspected. A spokesperson said: “There’s nothing you can do if animals decide to stampede.”

The collision occurred around 5pm on Wednesday in Oxfordshire. 200 passengers were stranded on the train for around four hours, but there were no human injuries.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail confirmed a number of cows had been hit and added there was “not much” damage to the train itself, although there was unfortunately “quite a lot of mess”.

Network Rail now faces compensation costs for those on the train and other passengers affected by the disruption when the line was closed between Oxford and Banbury.

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Peter Vandermark   14/05/2012 at 13:56

Cows once derailed a train with fatal consequences in Scotland and they completely derailed and overturned a four-car DHMU ECS train in Friesland in North of The Netherlands, whilst in the America's locomotives long were equipped with cow-catchers. So going by experience within living memory the potential for severe accidents caused by escaping or stampeding bovines on the railway is serious. Isn't it time to rethink fences bordering the railway line, is the question?

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