RUSH-HOUR commuters faced long delays last night when a train derailed leaving Huddersfield Station.
The single-carriage passenger train, which was empty at the time, derailed about 50 yards out of Huddersfield Station on its way to Leeds, blocking the tracks.
Trains travelling towards Manchester were allowed to crawl slowly past, but many passengers were left waiting in sweltering conditions for more than an hour while the backlog cleared.
The stranded carriage meant no trains could pass to get to Leeds and passengers had to cram on to buses.
Accountant John Taylor, 24, from Netherton, was stuck on his way home from work.
He said: "I got on the train in Wakefield to come to Huddersfield at about 4.30pm.
"In between Mirfield and Deighton we just stopped and an announcement was made that there was some problems in Huddersfield station.
"After a while the driver turned the engine off and we just had to wait. People were getting very upset because it was hot and they just wanted to get home.
"At first it was said to be vandalism but a later announcement said it was a derailment."
The cause is as yet unknown.
Dyan Crowther, Arriva Trains Northern managing director, said two wheels had come off the track.
" The cause of the incident is under investigation," he said.