Train derails amid torrential UK rains
Friday, September 16, 2016, 20:30 GMT - A train in the U.K. derailed Friday after hitting a landslide triggered by torrential downpours pounding the country.
The passenger train was travelling southbound through Hertfordshire, north of London, when it struck the debris, the Guardian reports.
Two people were injured in the incident. One person was treated for a neck injury, another for heart pains, but neither was considered serious, the Guardian says.
The country had been baking in above seasonal weather when the storms moved through early Friday.
The BBC reports some parts of the country received half a month's worth of rain in only a few hours, triggering widespread flooding and travel delays.
Friday's derailment caused a backup of several delays, with that train's operator, London Midland, warning delays could last into the weekend. Train service on several routes was disrupted due to flooding, as well as signal problems caused after lightning strikes.
Some 40,000 customers were left without power at the height of the storms, according to the BBC. One hospital in Oxfordshire had to be partially evacuated, with some pregnant women in labour having to be transferred to other facilities.
Fire services had their hands full responding to flood issues, as well as some fires caused by lightning, including one strike that left six garages in flames, according to the Guardian.
By Friday night local time, the immediate flood crisis had passed, with only a handful of flood alerts in effect, according to the U.K. Environment Agency.Twitter