Commuters terrified as train crashes through station barriers in dramatic smash

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Two people were injured as commuters were terrified when a train crashed through barriers at a station.

The horrifying incident involved a London Overground service at Enfield Town station, north London, during rush hour on Tuesday morning.

Images posted on social media show the train remained upright but came off the tracks and stopped just short of hitting a station building.

London Fire Brigade said around 50 people were evacuated from the eight-carriage train by Transport for London (TfL) and station staff.

The train driver is being “treated for shock”, Network Rail said.

A worker from a nearby postal sorting office said he was “shocked” by the sight of the crashed train.

Gary Spencer said that dozens of emergency vehicles attended the scene.

He added: [There was] initially some shock but more importantly [I was hoping] that there were no casualties.

“I have never known a train to fail stopping at the end of the line… if the metal steel was not behind the buffer I’m confident the train would have damaged the building.

“The situation seemed very much in control.”

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A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.16am this morning to reports of a train derailed at Enfield Town railway station, Enfield.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene: one ambulance crew, an emergency planning officer, a clinical team manager, two incident response officers, medics in cars, and our hazardous area response team.

“Two people were assessed at the scene for minor injuries, but they were not taken to hospital.”

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The area's local MP Feryal Clark tweeted: "I'm shocked to hear of a train going through the barrier at #EnfieldTown station this morning, and want to thank our emergency services for reacting so quickly.

"I will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with local partners to provide support where needed."

London Fire Brigade station commander Jim O'Neill, who was at the scene, said: "The train had hit the buffers at the station, which is at the end of the line, and gone up over the top of them.

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"Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the train to ensure there were no further people on board.

“Crews assisted station staff to make the scene safe and a recovery operation will now be carried out.”

Rory O'Neill, TfL's general manager for London Overground, said: "A London Overground train had a low speed collision with a buffer at around 8:20am this morning at Enfield Town station.

"Emergency services attended this morning and there will be a full investigation to establish how this happened."

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