Rail service disrupted

Standstill on the railway between Dundee and Arbroath on Tuesday when a freight train collided with a bull on the track just before Easthaven. The collision cause damage to the trians air pipes so it will remain there till repairs are carried out.
Standstill on the railway between Dundee and Arbroath on Tuesday when a freight train collided with a bull on the track just before Easthaven. The collision cause damage to the trians air pipes so it will remain there till repairs are carried out.

A BIZARRE accident on the railway between Carnoustie and Arbroath disrupted services along the east coast line this week.

On Tuesday morning at around 8.15 a.m. in a field just outside of Easthaven, north of Carnoustie two bulls battled, quite literally, to the death.

It appears that the bulls’ aggressively territorial nature caused the two to fight, during the course of which one of the bulls was tossed onto the adjacent rail track.

In a freak coincidence a passing freight train owned by German company DB Schenker struck the unfortunate bovine as it hurtled past the field.

Unsurprisingly, the bull was killed instantly. However, the train did not escape unscathed and there was considerable damage to conduits and couplings near the front of the train.

Rail engineers determined the train had been too badly damaged to continue safely, blocking one line and requiring a replacement bus service to go into service until around 2 p.m.

l Our picture shows the freight train waiting for engineers to arrive and assess the damage, some of which is visible on the front.