Monday, February 05, 2007


A second person has died following the collision at Delny automatic open crossing.

Alan Thain, 17, who was a passenger in the car, died in hospital. Fellow passenger Paul Oliver, also 17, died at the scene of the accident.

The third person involved, believed to be the driver, is still in hospital. Richard Fleming, 17, is said to be in a 'comfortable' condition in Raigmore hospital, Inverness.

Network Rail reported that the crossing passed its annual maintenance check last month and appeared to be working properly on the day.

Locals have expressed concern about the safety of automatic open crossings and there have been suggestions that all 27 AOCs in Scotland should be converted to automatic half-barriers. Also suggested has been the introduction of additional warning lights some distance before an open crossing.

This incident follows a collision at an open crossing in January, where no-one was injured (see post on Dingwall Middle).

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