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Train misery for commuters.

THOUSANDS of rail commuters were left stranded yesterday after an empty train pulled down overhead cabling at Birmingham International causing over 12 hours of delays and cancellations.

The incident happened at around 6.30am when a London Midland train, departing from Birmingham International to Coventry, snagged a piece of damaged overhead wire.

As the train moved it pulled down an estimated 100m of cable.

Virgin Trains, London Midland, CrossCountry and Arriva Trains Wales were all forced to cancel services that pass through Birmingham International.

Replacement coaches were ordered to ferry hundreds of commuters between Rugby, Birmingham and Coventry with National Express buses agreeing to accept train passengers.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "The overhead line has been damaged by the train going underneath.

"We're working to establish why there was a problem with the overhead line."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 6, 2016
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