Emergency on Northern Line after broken-down train hurtles driverless towards passenger trains
PASSENGER trains were urgently diverted this morning when a runaway engineering train started slipping southwards down the Northern Line with no means to stop it and no one at the helm. The train was being towed after breaking down outside Archway statio
PASSENGER trains were urgently diverted this morning when a runaway engineering train started slipping southwards down the Northern Line with no means to stop it and no one at the helm.
The train was being towed after breaking down outside Archway station at 5.25am when it somehow became detached at around 6.44am - slipping back down the line.
Underground staff then rushed to move passenger trains out of the path of the runaway carriage - diverting it to the Charing Cross branch and moving rush hour commuters to the City branch.
An investigation has now been launched into the incident and all similar engineering trains immediately taken out of service.
You may also want to watch:
The train eventually came to a standstill five stops later at Warren Street.
London Underground Director Richard Parry said: "Safety is London Underground's top priority, and we have of course launched an immediate and thorough investigation into this incident to establish the cause. Once that investigation is complete, we will publish the report, making its conclusions and recommendations clear. In the meantime we have prohibited the use of this design of engineering train on the Underground.
- 1 Primrose Hill candlelight vigil to celebrate life of Nicole Hurley
- 2 'Let's save The Victoria pub in Highgate'
- 3 Tributes paid to Primrose Hill mother-of-four as fundraiser launched
- 4 Man charged with murder of Nicole Hurley in Primrose Hill
- 5 'Important for mental health': Royal Free commits to maintaining new gardens
- 6 Famous Hampstead Heath love swan Mrs Newbie dies
- 7 Met Office warns of flooding risk with heavy rain set to hit London
- 8 Italian sandwich bar set to open in Hampstead phone box
- 9 Guilty: Kentish Town man convicted of murdering Jack Ampadu
- 10 'Feels like a runway': Hampstead residents call for LED lamp post change
"From the start of this incident, an immediate assessment was made and operational decisions taken to minimise the safety risk to our customers and staff.
"Our Engineers are working to restore full services as soon as possible, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers while we investigate this incident."
The Northern line was suspended between Finchley Central and Archway and Camden Town to Kennington via Charing Cross this morning and remains closed to allow the investigation.