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Train carrying diesel derails near Murco

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derailed near murcoAt just after 10.35pm on Wednesday an EWS Class 66 locomotive operated by DB Schenker Rail left the tracks along with the first fuel wagon, but remained generally upright, at a twenty degree angle to the tracks.

The Pembrokeshire Herald spoke to Rob Smith from DB Schenker Rail who said: “The incident occurred on the catch-points where the railway branches from the main line to the refinery. There is a recovery team at the scene, which will need to lift the train as all wheels have left the tracks.”

“There is around thirty metres of railway damaged due to the derailment but no spillage of diesel fuel has occurred” he added.

Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman told The Herald: “Police at Milford Haven can confirm that emergency services attended the track near to the Steynton railway bridge where a derailment of a slow moving engine took place late on Wednesday evening.

“No persons were injured as a result and the road has been closed between Steynton and Tiers Cross in order for Rail Track engineers to right the engine.”

A spokesperson from the refinery said in a prepared statement: “Murco Petroleum Limited can confirm that shortly after 22.35hrs, a train carrying petroleum products from Murco’s Milford Haven Refinery derailed in the Steynton area of Milford Haven, approximately 1.5 miles from the Refinery.”

The spokesperson added: “There were no injuries sustained or loss of product from the train as a result of the incident. Network Rail has now assumed control of the incident and recovery of the train, following emergency response by the police and fire services. Murco is assisting Network Rail and the train operating companies in the recovery process and subsequent investigation into the cause of the derailment.”

DB Schenker Rail added: “We are also currently investigating the cause of the incident.”

The event comes only months after a Texaco road tanker, also carrying diesel, collided with a mobile crane spilling diesel onto the road in Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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