Published On: Tue, Aug 19th, 2014 on 1:03 pm

Passengers evacuated as train catches fire at Bingley station

Bingley Train Fire

This photo was taken at the time of the incident

Passengers were immediately evacuated yesterday after a train conductor noticed smoke coming out of a rail car.

Those on-board experienced a power outage and then heard a bang shortly before they were evacuated.

Firefighters were called to the station at around 4.30pm, in which they isolated the power supply to overhead cables for the tracks before investigating the incident.

An eyewitness, who requested not to be named, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The power went off at the Bingley station and everyone thought it had just broken down.

“Then when they tried restarting it we heard a sound like a power surge then a bang that vibrated the carriage a couple of people noticed the smoke before me and started to panic thinking that it was a failed bomb.

“Everyone was a bit worried as there was no explanation and then we were told to evacuate the train immediately. When I got into the platform we could clearly see smoke pouring out of two carriages it was chaos.”

It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault, and Northern Rail warned passengers of delays of up to an hour as a result of the breakdown.

The passenger rail service also notified the public via Twitter.

Trains between Skipton and Bradford Forster Square/Leeds were affected, as well as those on the Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square route.

Trains are now running normally between Skipton and Shipley/Leeds.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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