RAIL passengers were injured by an 'unchecked' power cable which was drooping from a station footbridge before being dragged loose by a train, a report has found.

Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published its report into the incident at Abergavenny train station on July 28 last year.

As the Argus previously reported, Georgia Davies, 17, was left with a lump on her head and pain in her back and arm, while two of her friends were also hurt during the incident.

A report has now found that the power line had not been "inspected periodically as required."

It states: "The train dragged the cable and caused it to be pulled from the footbridge until its end broke free from a distribution cabinet.

"Once free, the end of the cable struck a group of passengers on the footbridge stairs and caused minor injuries to three of them.

"A member of station staff who was on the platform, close to the footbridge, was nearly struck by the cable.

"The accident also caused damage to cabling running over the footbridge, the station buildings, and a signal at the end of the platform."

The report found the cable was drooping because the nylon cable ties used to attach it to the cable tray had broken.

It added: "The RAIB found that the cable had not been inspected periodically as required for electrical installations and the drooping cable was not identified during footbridge inspections.

"It was not reported during routine station safety checks, or after it was drooping below the bottom of the footbridge.

"An underlying cause was that Network Rail had no controls in place for the management of low voltage electrical supply cables that cross operational railway lines via its overline structures."

Network Rail said since the incident it had reviewed its safety systems.

A spokeswoman said: "The safety of our passengers and workforce is a key priority and thankfully incidents like this are rare.

"As soon as this incident occurred we immediately launched our own investigation, working with Arriva Trains Wales. Since the incident, we have thoroughly reviewed our safety systems and procedures and have made changes to these where required.

"We have worked closely with the RAIB on this investigation and welcome the findings. We will now carefully review the recommendations made in the report to see if any further action is necessary."