The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating an incident involving the derailment of a freight train near Llangennech.
The incident occurred at about 23.15 on August 26 when freight train 6A11, the 21.52 from Robeston to Theale conveying 25 tank wagons each containing up to 75·5 tonnes of diesel or gas oil, derailed on the Up District line in Carmarthenshire.
This resulted in a significant spillage of fuel and a major fire. The driver, who was unhurt, reported the accident to the signaller. Examination revealed that 10 wagons, positioned 3rd to 12th in the train, had derailed.
The fire was tackled by the fire service, who ordered the evacuation of local residents within 800m due to concerns for their safety.
A statement on the RAIB website said: “Our investigation will seek to identify the causes of the derailment, and how these led to the fire. It will also consider any underlying management factors.
“Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, police or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.
“We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation.”
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