Rail workers in Scotland 'narrowly avoid' 125mph train

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Rail workers in Scotland "narrowly avoided" being hit by a train travelling at 125mph.

The near-miss happened as track engineers inspected a section of the West Coast mainline, near Kirtlebridge in Dumfries and Galloway on 14 November.

The near-miss happened as track engineers inspected a section of the West Coast mainline, near Kirtlebridge in Dumfries and Galloway on 14 November. Picture: Virgin Trains/RAIB

The near-miss happened as track engineers inspected a section of the West Coast mainline, near Kirtlebridge in Dumfries and Galloway on 14 November. Picture: Virgin Trains/RAIB

There were no injuries but the Government's Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has is conducting an investigation.

In a statement, the RAIB said: "At around 09:02 hrs on 14 November 2019, a group of track workers undertaking a track inspection narrowly avoided being struck by a train travelling at around 125 mph (200 km/h), south of Kirtlebridge, on the West Coast mainline. There were no injuries.

"We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest."