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Concrete supplier will 'do all it can' after mixer falls on train

A concrete mixer carrying six cubic metres of Hanson pre-mixed concrete has fallen on a train near Oxshott, Surrey.

The driver of the lorry and one other passenger are believed to be seriously injured and were tended to by the ambulance service. The lorry driver has been freed from his cab and is being tended to at the station, British Transport Police said. Up to six passengers have been described as having minor injuries. There are no reports of any fatalities at this stage.

A spokesman for Hanson confirmed the mixer was carrying its pre-mixed concrete but said it did not own the vehicle or employ its driver.

He told Construction News the concrete mixer was owned by Kingman Services, a haulage firm which he said operates several vehicles for Hanson in the London area. Kingman Services were not available for comment.

“We need to talk to Kingman Services to try and find out what’s happened and see if [there is] anything we can do in terms of helping to clear up the problem,” he said. “We will be doing all we can to try and assist.”

A conference call is lined up for later this evening to discuss the health and safety, legal, operations and other aspects of the incident.

He said there had been six cubic metres of pre-mixed concrete in the back of the vehicle, which police said left the road at Warren Lane, a short distance from Oxshott railway station, crashing through a brick wall on a bridge above the busy commuter line.

It struck the third carriage from the back of the eight carriage train, punching a large hole in the metal roof. The train involved was a 15:05 Guildford to London Waterloo service, operated by South West Trains.

The Hanson spokesman said the vehicle was travelling from its plant at Bifleet to a construction contractor at Epsom railway station.

“We use contractors to deliver all our products rather than having our own fleet of vehicles and drivers,” he said.

British Transport Police said the train remained on the track throughout the incident and that passengers who had not been injured remained on the train while others were tended to.

Police were called to the line near to Oxshott rail station on Friday 5 November after a report that a cement mixer had come off of a road bridge and landed on the rear carriages of a passing eight-coach passenger service.

The train remained on the track throughout the incident.