'Explosion' reported on train on Merseyrail line close to Liverpool

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Rail passengers reported an explosion on a train this morning close to Liverpool.

A witness filmed the moment a huge flash engulfed the vehicle as it ground to a halt after passing through Old Roan station.

No injuries were reported.

The train has been stuck on the line for hours since the incident, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Huge disruption to the service has followed, with several trains between Liverpool and Ormskirk cancelled a poor weather preventing a replacement bus service from running.

Merseyrail tweeted a picture of the train covered in compacted snow, blaming this for the issue.