Train derails as heavy rain causes disruptions in southern Britain

Emergency services and rail workers attend the scene of a train derailment on the Euston to Milton Keynes line, at Hunton Bridge tunnel in Britain on Sept 16, 2016.
Emergency services and rail workers attend the scene of a train derailment on the Euston to Milton Keynes line, at Hunton Bridge tunnel in Britain on Sept 16, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - A train derailed after hitting a landslip caused by rain outside the British town of Watford on Friday (Sept 15) as wet weather disrupted services in southern England.

"A train hit a landslip, caused by torrential rain, resulting in a small section of the train (leaving) the tracks," Mr Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail said in a statement. "The train remained upright and there are no reported passenger injuries."

Parts of Britain enjoyed their hottest day of the year earlier this week, but heavy rains have pounded parts of eastern and southern England over the past 24 hours.