100mph train hits bike on track

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A SHEFFIELD-BOUND train travelling at about 100mph hit a bike thrown on to the tracks in a ‘mindless act of vandalism’.

British Transport Police are now investigating after witnesses told officers a youth, aged about 15 or 16, threw the red and silver mountain bike on to the tracks before fleeing moments before the CrossCountry Trains express service struck it.

Sgt Cliff Parker, of BTP, said: “This was a mindless act of vandalism which could have caused injuries or worse. Thankfully, on this occasion the train remained upright, on the tracks and no one was injured.

“Although this may seem like fun to those who commit such offences, what they don’t realise are the potentially serious consequences of their extremely-foolish behaviour.”

The incident at Yate station, Gloucestershire, on Sunday, involved the 5.24pm Exeter to Leeds service, which was due to call at Chesterfield and Sheffield shortly after 9pm.

Richard Gibson, CrossCountry Trains spokesman, said: “We’re disappointed mindless acts of vandalism can occur and we will continue to work with BTP to ensure the safety of our customers.”

Sgt Parker said: “The train that struck the bike suffered damage to its air pipes which caused delays to passengers as a result.

“A number of other services had to be diverted, causing further delays and inconvenience to passengers.”