Train ‘hits motorbike’ left on the tracks

PUBLISHED: 14:49 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 15 June 2016

Kevin Bridgwater sent in this picture of damage to the electrical box that got sprayed with fuel.

Kevin Bridgwater sent in this picture of damage to the electrical box that got sprayed with fuel.

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A train has reportedly hit a motorbike which was left on the line between Weston-super-Mare and Highbridge today (Wednesday).

National Rail reported delays between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton at around 1.50pm after an object was found on the railway.

The lines reopened about 20 minutes later, although delays are expected until 3pm.

A spokesman for National Rail Enquiries said the object has now been removed from the tracks, near the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge area.

Kevin Bridgwater, who was on the train, said the train hit a motorbike.

He said: “I was on the train that hit the motorbike left on the line between the two council estates today.

“Nobody was hurt luckily but there was a huge bang and smell of fuel.

“The train went on to Highbridge after being checked for safety and the passengers swapped to another train.

“[It] Could’ve been a lot worse.”

* The Mercury will update this story as we get more information.

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