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Pair jailed for attempt to derail speeding train

Two men were jailed yesterday after nearly derailing a 95mph train by piling concrete posts and pallets on the line, British Transport Police said.

Richard Hamilton (21) and Ashley Leedham (18) moved materials left by contractors into a 4ft-high pile on the line in Dosthill, Tamworth, Staffordshire, in March this year.

The pile was hit by a train travelling at 95mph with 50 passengers on board, nearly causing it to derail.

Yesterday British Transport Police said it was “sheer luck” nobody was injured.

A spokesman said Hamilton and Leedham, both from Kingsbury, Tamworth, were jailed for four-and-a-half and four years respectively at Warwick Crown Court.

The pair previously admitted malicious obstruction with intent to endanger safety.

The driver managed to stop the train, but he told police afterwards he feared for his life as the train lifted from the tracks.

“Images of my children, my family and people close to me flashed before me and I thought I would never see them again,” he told police.

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