Train crash charge teenager freed

Clear-up work after the crash. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Clear-up work after the crash. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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A TEENAGER detained in connection with a rail crash in which a train full of passengers collided with pick-up truck has been released without charge.

He had been expected to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Monday but he was granted what’s known as a “PF’s release”.

A Crown Office spokesperson said: “The Procurator Fiscal at Livingston has received a report relating to an incident involving a 19-year-old man, said to have occurred on October 14.

“He did not appear in court and was liberated. The report remains under consideration by the Procurator Fiscal.”

It’s understood the teenager’s 26-year-old brother is being sought for questioning.

One woman suffered a minor injury to her arm when the Edinburgh to Milngavie train struck the vehicle on the line near Uphall Station, West Lothian, last Wednesday.

The male driver of the train was said to be “shocked” but unhurt.

Commuters said they “swung from side to side” and heard a loud bang as a carriage window shattered.

The truck, later identified as a red Toyota Hilux, was extensively damaged while the train remained upright and did not derail.

The badly damaged vehicle was later taken to a police garage at Gartcosh for forensic examination.

British Transport Police earlier revealed that the red truck had been stolen from a garage nearby and had was being “driven erratically” before the accident at 5.05pm on Wednesday, October 14.

Superintendent Kyle Gordon, head of British Transport Police in Scotland, appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016.

He said information could also be given anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.