Freight train container blown off in Deeping St Nicholas

Network Rail engineers recover a container after it was blown off a freight train in Deeping St Nicholas on Tuesday.  Photo by Nicholas Watts.
Network Rail engineers recover a container after it was blown off a freight train in Deeping St Nicholas on Tuesday. Photo by Nicholas Watts.

An empty 40-foot container was blown off a freight train after gale-force winds caused mayhem in parts of South Holland on Tuesday afternoon.

The train was travelling through Deeping St Nicholas to the north of England when freak gusts blew the container onto the track near Littleworth level crossing at about 3.30pm.

Train services were disrupted for about 12 hours while the container was recovered and the line was cleared.

An eye-witness from Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, said: “There was drama yesterday when a 40ft container was blown off a freight train.

“The wind lifted the front of the container off the wagon before it swung round across the track, taking out a bit of trackside electrical equipment before coming to rest on the other track.

“The train had come from Felixstowe and was on its way north through Spalding to Doncaster, but it was jolly lucky that it wasn’t in a populated area.”

A Network Rail spokesman added: ““At around 3.30pm yesterday, an empty container was blown from a freight train in high winds in the vicinity of Littleworth level crossing.

“The container came to rest on the track, causing damage to some trackside equipment and, as a result, there were delays and cancellations to some services in the area throughout the evening.

“Following repairs and the removal of the container, the line was reopened at around 3.30am.

“Nobody was hurt in the incident.”