‘Miracle’ escape as train station roof caves in missing passengers on platform

Lucky commuters enjoyed a miracle escape when a large portion of a station's roof completely collapsed on Tuesday.

Commuters waiting at a train station in Cheshire narrowly escaped injury after a section of the roof at Northwich Station suddenly fell in.

Dramatic pictures how close the large sections of concrete came to injuring or even killing passengers on the platform and in the station’s waiting room.

Passengers said the roof over the platform disintegrated unexpectedly, throwing large chunks of rubble onto the tracks.

Local resident Hollie Sephton said she was just walking up to the platform when the roof fell.

She said: "I walked up and the roof just fell on its own, that’s literally all that happened. It was complete silence one minute, and then all of a sudden it just fell.

"Everyone jumped into action though and everyone was fine. Fire brigade were rung within a minute."

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We’re working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service after a partial building collapse at Northwich station. Fortunately, no one has been injured.

"It’s too early to say what caused this. Investigations are under way and the station is closed. We’re sorry to passengers affected and ask anyone travelling in the area today to check National Rail Enquiries before they make their journey.”

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said that crews had been dispatched to the scene.

"Firefighters are currently at Northwich Train Station following reports of a wall and roof having collapsed," they said, "blocking the rail line.

"The area has been cordoned off by firefighters and there are cancellations to train services.

"Everyone present at the time is accounted for. The crew is assessing the scene with representatives from Network Rail and has notified council engineers.”

Local MP Mike Amesbury said: "I was shocked to learn of a serious roof collapse at Northwich Railway Station this morning.

"My team have spoken to police and, miraculously, it appears nobody has been injured although there has been major disruption to the railway.

"Clearly there will need to be an official investigation to understand what has happened.

"Having just spoken to a senior Northern Rail manager, the priority is to make the area safe and get the trains running again.

"I am raising this incident with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as a matter of urgency."

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