A stolen tractor smashed through a railway bridge, causing debris to fall onto the track below and damage a train that passed minutes later.
Services between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham have been cancelled on Saturday following the crash at Abbotswood, Worcestershire.
A man was spotted running from the tractor after it hit the bridge shortly after 21:10 BST on Friday.
Work is ongoing to clear the lines, Network Rail said.
A train travelling from Cardiff to Birmingham hit the debris at 21:30 BST. It was not derailed but it did suffer damage.
The tractor was reported stolen from a farm in Drakes Broughton, Pershore.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said Cross Country services will not run south of Birmingham towards Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth.
“A tractor, believed to be stolen, hit and demolished the parapet above a railway bridge, causing debris to fall onto the track below,” she added.
“We currently have a diversion in place and train services are likely to be impacted for most of the morning. Please check before you travel.”
West Mercia Police said the suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s, wearing a purple hooded top and dark bottoms.
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Source:: BBC world news feed