Hunt to find vandals who placed quad bike in the path of a Widnes train (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Train hits quad bike left on a track in Widnes
VANDALS placed a quad bike in the path of an oncoming train in Widnes.
A train driver travelling towards Hough Green station struck the quad bike which had been left on the tracks.
British Transport Police today appealed for help from Halton residents as officers strive to find the culprit.
PC Paul Hevey said: “The driver of the Northern Rail Lime Street to Oxford Road service saw a man on a green quad bike driving down the tracks.
“He sounded the horn of the train and the man jumped off the quad bike and ran away up the embankment.
“Unfortunately the driver wasn’t able to stop the train and it collided with the quad bike.
“Thankfully no-one was injured, but this could have resulted in a much more serious incident and could have seen the train derailed.”
The incident happened between 6am and 7am on Wednesday, November 27.
PC Hevey added: “It is only through good fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace the man responsible.”
Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log NWA/B6 of 9/12/13.
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