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Investigation underway into large train fire near Llangennech - Wales

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Enquiries are underway into the causes of a major incident on the railway in Llangennech, Wales, where a freight train carrying large quantities of diesel caught fire.

British Transport Police were called to the scene at 11.29pm on Wednesday 26 August. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue and Dyfed-Powys Police are also in attendance. 

A number of carriges derailed and caught fire.

Two employees were on board the freight service. They have since been accounted for and no injuries have been reported.

As a precaution, Dyfed-Powys Police led an evacuation of the surrounding area which has since come to an end with residents allowed to return home. 

However, a cordon around the scene will remain in place and people are still being advised to avoid the area.

British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said: “This is a significant incident. Resources from across BTP, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed-Powys Police have been deployed to the scene to mitigate damage to the surrounding area and ensure the safety of all those living nearby. 

“The fire continues and there is still a substantial risk within its immediate vicinity, so our advice remains for people to avoid the area.

“Our officers will be conducting initial enquiries into the incident and are in the process of securing key witness statements and CCTV. 

“Once the fire has been extinguished, and the scene is safe to assess and investigate, we’ll be working with the Office of Rail and Road and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to establish the exact circumstances behind the incident.”

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