Brighton train derailment suspected 'driver error'

Derailed train Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption The empty train derailed as it was heading to the station from a depot

Train services have resumed out of Brighton on the London line after a train derailment, blamed on suspected "driver error".

An empty train derailed at about 14:00 BST on Wednesday.

All trains services between Brighton and Preston Park were suspended causing major delays to passengers. They resumed just after midday.

David Scoriey, deputy managing director of Southern, said: "The train had come a couple of feet off the tracks."

The line was closed to allow the train to be returned to the rails and for repairs to be carried out to damaged electricity cables in the area, Mr Scoriey said.

A spokesman for Southern said: "The investigation into the derailment is still on-going. However, it appears that the cause was driver error."

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