Cornwall: High-Speed Train Hits Lorry Tyre

25 December 2013, 08:12 | Updated: 25 December 2013, 08:18

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No-one was injured after a high speed train struck a tyre believed to have been deliberately placed on the main railway line in Cornwall.

At about 1.20pm on Sunday, 22 December, a train travelling towards Penzance struck the large tyre on the tracks between Menheniot and Liskeard. 

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses and information after a High-Speed Train was brought to a halt and suffered some damage. 

it was able to continue after a delay of around 30 minutes. 

DC Dave Bailey, investigating officer, said: "Thankfully no-one was injured, but this could have resulted in a much more serious incident. 

"Placing objects on the railway line is an extremely dangerous act and could result in serious consequences. 

"It is only through good fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace whoever is responsible for this foolish act." 

If you can assist officers, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

In all calls please quote incident reference 234 of 22/12/13.