A DRIVER was left shaken after a train transporting fly ash to help fill in North-wich's mines derailed.
The loco, operated by Wrekin Construction Ltd, was shunting eight pulverised fuel ash wagons to the Northwich Mines Stabilisation Project grout mixing site at Winnington, near Brunner Mond, on Thursday morning when the accident occurred.
It is believed the train's braking system failed as the loco headed down a slope.
Two trainloads of ash, used in the £32m project to stabilise four rock salt mines beneath the town centre, are delivered daily to Northwich.
Northwich Fire Station's Steve Burrage, who attended the scene, said: 'It over-ran the line, went through a barrier and ran into a stationary wagon and tanker, pushing two wagons off the line and derailing the tanker.
'It was a very slow speed crash and the only reason it did so much damage was because of the weight of the wagons.
'The driver wasn't hurt, just a bit shaken. The area was all fenced off but if it had been a working area it would have been nasty.'
A Vale Royal Borough Council spokes-woman said: 'Wrekin is carrying out its own internal investigation into the likely cause of the incident and, undoubtedly, there will also be an inquiry by the rail authority.'