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Passengers were evacuated from a train in Kent today after it got stuck in mud which washed onto the track during torrential rain - just a day after a derailment killed three in Scotland.
The Southeastern service got caught on the line near to West Malling following reports of a landslide due to heavy thunderstorms and rain across Britain this week.
A total of 18 passengers were evacuated safely and a geotechnical expert has been called to the scene to assess the landslide, Kent Live reported.
Network Rail later revealed it will be working overnight to clear mud which had been washed onto the line near West Malling.
It added: 'It's looking good but there’s a chance it could take longer so we're advising passengers check before you travel tomorrow morning.
'We turned the power on to move the train and the water and muck started steaming - we'll have to turn it off again before the mud gets cleared...'
The incident caused rail disruptions between Swanley and Maidstone East, which are expected to remain in place until the end of the day.
Southeastern explained 'a train has struck an obstruction on the line near West Malling, meaning trains can't run in either direction between Otford and Maidstone East.'
The Southeastern service became unable to move on the track near to West Malling following reports of a landslide due to heavy thunderstorms and rain across Britain
It added that emergency response staff are currently at the scene and are working to clear the obstruction to allow the train to move forward.
They will then assess the extent of any damage to the line, a statement added.
Kent Fire and Rescue were reportedly at the scene alongside British Transport Police, Network Rail and Southeastern.
It comes a day after a ScotRail train derailed and crashed on a 'flood-hit' line near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire yesterday, killing three.
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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