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Cows Derail Southeastern Passenger Train In Kent

27/07/2015 10:06 BST | Updated 26/07/2016 10:59 BST

A railway line had to close after a train derailed when it hit a herd of cows that had strayed onto the track.

Southeastern Trains said the incident happened between the villages of Wye and Chilham in Kent, involving a train travelling from Ashford to Canterbury.

Around 70 passengers who were on board at the time were evacuated by emergency services, with no reports of any injuries.

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A herd of cows strayed onto the track (file image)

Two carriages were derailed but remained upright, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said.

Passenger Jonathan Calder tweeted a picture from the train which was derailed near Olantigh Road, showing the carriage in front of his at an angle, with the right-hand side of it clearly no longer on the rails.

He wrote: "Everyone is fine but this train is going nowhere. Front coach derailed."

Southeastern said there will be a bus replacement in place all day.

The operator tweeted: "Following yesterday's derailment at #Chilham, buses will replace trains between Ashford Int and Ramsgate via Canterbury West all day today.

Where possible we advise travelling to Canterbury East for an onward train to Ashford Int/Faversham for a HS1 train at no extra cost."

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