Wednesday, December 30, 2009

INCIDENT: Chawston FC, 29/12/09

A man was seriously injured after being hit on a footpath crossing in Worcestershire.

It is understood that the man was crossing the line with a friend at Chawson, Droitwich Spa, when he was struck by a Hereford to Birmingham New Street passenger service. He suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital for further treatment. No injuries were reported on the train.

In 1999, former local councillor John Cook campaigned for safety improvements at the crossing. Bolted gates were introduced, although Mr Cook claims the bolts were subsequently stolen.

The RAIB are carrying out an investigation.

Photo (c) John Anyon at Worcester News

Friday, December 11, 2009

INCIDENT: Tunstead AHB, Norfolk 10/12/09

A man was seriously injured when his car was struck by a train on an automatic half-barrier crossing in Norfolk.

Robert Trotter was impaled through the legs by a wooden fence following the collision between his vehicle and the 0854 North Walsham to Norwich service. No injuries were reported on the train, which did not derail.

BBC Look East report: (Youtube)

Photo (c) North Norfolk News

Friday, December 04, 2009

ORR update 04/12/09

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has outlined a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the risks of accidents at level crossings.

These include:

- supporting the update of level crossing legislation
- lobbying for an increase to suggested penalties for level crossing misuse by motorists;
- publication of revised guidance on level crossings
- inspection of all 128 automatic open level crossings (AOCLs) during 2010 to ensure that risks are properly managed

Bill Emery, ORR chief executive said that safety was their priority. "We are committed to making our regulation of the railways focused and effective," said Mr Emery, "supporting industry with advice and guidance, and enforcing where appropriate".

Thursday, December 03, 2009


The driver of a refuse lorry struck by a train on a Scottish automatic open crossing has received a driving ban and a fine.

John Smith, of Brora, admitted driving without due care and attention at the Dalchalm crossing in August 2009 (report here). He received a four-month ban and was fined £400.