Train hits trolley on tracks, Axminster

Joseph Bulmer

POLICE say it was lucky nobody was hurt after a train struck a trolley thrown onto Axminster train station’s track yesterday (Wednesday, July 13).

The train and track were damaged following the incident at 11.45pm on Tuesday, July 13, near Cloakham Lane bridge.

Sergeant David Mannion, the investigating officer from the British Transport Police, said: “This was a deliberate, mindless act of vandalism that could have had far worse consequences.

“Thankfully, this time, no-one was injured, but we may not be so fortunate if this happens again.”

He said the driver did not have time to react and could not stop in such a short distance.

The train service later continued its journey to Salisbury. It is believed the trolley was thrown on to the tracks from Cloackham Lane bridge.

British Transport Police officers are investigating the matter and areappealing for information.

Officers found two beer kegs on the bridge, believed to have been taken from the Cloakham Lane sports club.

Sgt Mannion added: “We are urging anyone who was in or around that area to contact us if they saw anything suspicious or have any information that may help us with our inquiries.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 7 of 14/7/10.