A dad today told how a heavily-pregnant woman went into labour when their train was left stranded by the massive blaze.
Lee Goodwin, 48, was on the 16.33 London Euston to Preston Virgin Trains service when it ground to a halt near Coppull at about 6.45pm last night.
The father-of-one, from Bretherton, said: “We were told by staff that the train would be held up for a while due to a fire threatening the line. Then shortly after they put out an announcement for anyone with medical knowledge to go into coach B. When I asked what was happening, they said a woman’s waters had broken and she had gone into labour.
“They were planning on backing up the train to Wigan to get her off. But instead it pulled into Euxton where paramedics came onto the train, gave her some gas and air as she seemed to be in a lot of pain before she was taken off to hospital in an ambulance.
“I just hope she was OK.”
Other passengers were allowed to get off the train at Euxton with many choosing to get taxis to Preston, where train companies laid on coaches.
Computer engineer Lee, who was returning from working in London, called his wife who came to pick him up - but they didn’t go straight home.
He said: “Bretherton is not far from Euxton but people were stranded so we offered to give people a lift to Preston.
“We gave two people a lift into town.
“It was the least we could do in the circumstances - a bit of British spirit.
“There were about 10 or 11 coaches waiting at Preston station.”
Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express services were affected by the blaze.
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