Passenger train collides with debris after stolen car crashes into a bridge

Update at 2pm: We are able to confirm the car was stolen.

A passenger train has been damaged after colliding with debris from an RTC in Kings Heath early this morning.

Fire crews from Kings Norton and Billesley were called to Vicarage Road to reports of a car colliding with a bridge. On arrival, crews found a white Nissan Juke had left the road and collided with a railway bridge and had flipped onto its roof.

Two people from the car were taken to hospital with multiple injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the collision. It’s believed the car was stolen.

Bricks from the bridge fell onto train tracks below causing a Cross Country Voyager train to collide with the debris, causing minor damage the front of the train.

The driver of the train was slightly shocked and thankfully suffered no injuries.

The train was being moved to the depot so no passengers were on board.

Image: Billesley Fire / West Midlands Fire Service

Delays of up to 20 minutes are to be expected until 6pm on the Cross City Line and between Birmingham and Hereford. Cross Country services between Birmingham, Nottingham and Cardiff Central are also affected.

Network Rail Engineers are now assessing the damage to the bridge.

West Midlands Police is asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the car before hand to call 101.

Alternatively, people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.