Rail disruption after plane crash

RAIL passengers face a weekend of delays as an investigation continues into a fatal air crash.A second day of disruption has ensued after a light aircraft came down on a major rail route between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly stations yesterday.

RAIL passengers face a weekend of delays as an investigation continues into a fatal air crash.

A second day of disruption has ensued after a light aircraft came down on a major rail route between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly stations yesterday.

Air accident investigators are carrying out work on the site in Staffordshire and services on the West Coast Mainline are being diverted.

Three people are believed to have died following the crash. The pilot has been named as Alan Matthews, 59 of Walsall, West Midlands.

However, Network Rail is confident all the repair work will be complete by the time commuters return to work on Monday morning.

A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said debris from the aircraft had fallen on the tracks. Replacement buses were running between Crewe and Rugby and between Wolverhampton and Crewe.

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