Train hits and kills cow on the line at Polegate causing delays and cancellations

Animals on the line causing train delays and cancellations around Polegate

Animals on the line causing train delays and cancellations around Polegate

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A train has killed a cow which wandered on to the line this morning.

The collision caused delays and cancellations to rail services across Sussex and serving the capital.

Southern said passengers should expect delays and alterations following the incident near Polegate Station.

After the cow was hit, several services were badly affected.

Several messages on Twitter alluded to "animals" in the plural sense, though it is not known yet how many were involved.

The London Victoria to Hastings train terminated at Haywards Heath.

Other services from Ashford International to Brighton, Haywards Heath to Eastbourne and Eastbourne to London Bridge were terminated early to avoid the scene.

The London Victoria to Ore train was diverted to terminate in Brighton.

Brighton to Eastbourne and Brighton to Ore services were cancelled.

Network Rail says Polegate staff were on site working to resolve the problem and apologised for delays.

It is believed Network Rail know where the cow came from.

A Southern Rail spokeswoman said: "At 7.10am this morning, a train hit a cow on the line near to Polegate Station.

"This resulted in the line being shut and delays of up to 20 minutes for passengers using this route."

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10:33am Thu 4 Sep 14

CaslovesBulls says...

There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !!
There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !! CaslovesBulls
  • Score: -1

1:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bluemonday says...

CaslovesBulls wrote:
There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !!
so the farmer has no responsibility then
[quote][p][bold]CaslovesBulls[/bold] wrote: There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !![/p][/quote]so the farmer has no responsibility then bluemonday
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Uberarticuno says...

Poor cow, was probably being bullied.
Poor cow, was probably being bullied. Uberarticuno
  • Score: -7

3:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

vogon1 says...

I wonder what my mother in law was doing in polegate?
I wonder what my mother in law was doing in polegate? vogon1
  • Score: -4

3:29pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Goldenwight says...

bluemonday wrote:
CaslovesBulls wrote: There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !!
so the farmer has no responsibility then
Depends if it is his child.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CaslovesBulls[/bold] wrote: There's too many animals being hit by trains, it's about time the railway company's checked and repaired all their fencing, it could be a child we read about next !![/p][/quote]so the farmer has no responsibility then[/p][/quote]Depends if it is his child. Goldenwight
  • Score: -3

3:35pm Thu 4 Sep 14

nissancars says...

free steaks i think for anyone who wants one
free steaks i think for anyone who wants one nissancars
  • Score: -3

6:35pm Thu 4 Sep 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Poor cow - it must have suffered a horrific death, I just hope it was killed instantly and not left alive and suffering.
Poor cow - it must have suffered a horrific death, I just hope it was killed instantly and not left alive and suffering. getThisCoalitionOut
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