London Midland train fire: 200 passengers evacuated

Train fire at Lapworth Image copyright @annadee90
Image caption Commuter Anna Dee took this photo of the fire and thanked Lapworth School for opening its hall for passengers

Up to 200 rail passengers were evacuated and thousands faced continued delays after a fire on a commuter train.

Smoke was reported to be coming from the 07:47 GMT London Midland service from Leamington Spa as it passed through Lapworth, Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Fire Service said the fire was in the wheels at the front of the five-carriage train.

Evacuated passengers were taken to a sports hall at a nearby primary school.

Image copyright Anna Dee
Image caption Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was in the front wheels of the London Midland train

The train was heading to Birmingham Moor Street before continuing to Worcester Shrub Hill.

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Image caption All rail lines have now reopened but delays will continue until mid-afternoon.

The lines have since reopened and delays, which lasted until early afternoon, have cleared.

Chiltern Railways and London Midland services are replaced by buses between Dorridge and Leamington Spa, while CrossCountry services are diverted via Coventry.

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Image caption One witness said the train pulled into the station with smoke and flames coming out of it

Lionel Deely was on the platform when the train arrived at Lapworth.

He said: "I was on the platform watching the train. When it came in there was flames and smoke coming from it.

"I shouted to the people on the train and was pointing to the fire. Some bloke must have gone to tell the driver."

Image caption Firefighters deal with the incident

Commuter Anna Dee tweeted she was thankful to Lapworth School for opening its school hall for passengers to sit in while they waited for coaches to let them continue their journey.

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