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Train damaged after hitting animal on track
A train was damaged after hitting an animal on the track.
Half a busy commuter train was put out of action yesterday after hitting the animal causing overcrowding on the remaining carriages.
First Capital Connect yesterday apologised for the overcrowding on the 07.50 Brighton to Bedford train.
Only four carriages, instead of the usual eight, were able to run because an earlier train hit an unidentified animal on the tracks near Luton Airport Parkway at about 3.30am.
The train was out of action because the collision caused an air leak and the brakes could not be released.
Another train was used to tow the stricken carriages into a nearby station causing a carriage shortage for early morning Brighton commuters.
A FCC spokesman said: “This was a highly unusual incident and we would like to apologise to our customers for the inevitable overcrowding it caused to this morning’s Brighton service.”