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30. High Winds Blow Freight off Tracks in the UK
March 3rd, 2008
High winds in the UK this weekend caused chaos for rail travellers when they blew freight containers off a train onto the tracks.

The BBC website reported that five containers, weighing up to four tonnes each, were blown onto tracks by winds of up to 66mph, at Shap in Cumbria, North West England on Saturday.

The accident happened during the early hours of Saturday as a Freightliner train travelled up the Shap incline, one of the longest hills on a main railway line in the country.

The train would have been about 1,000ft (305m) above sea level when caught by the wind.

The damage caused by the containers, which were empty, was significant.




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