Monday, April 19, 2010

INCIDENT: Hoy AOCL 09.01.10

A van struck the side of a passenger train at an automatic open crossing at Hoy, near Halkirk in Scotland.

British Transport Police reported that the van driver attempted to brake but hit the rear coach of the Inverness to Wick service. He was taken to Caithness General Hospital in Wick with a wrist injury. No injuries were reported on the train, which did not derail.

National Rail stated that the crossing was working correctly at the time on the incident. British Transport Police said they had charged the van driver with a road traffic offence in connection with the accident. Train driver's union Aslef claim that the severity of the incident was mitigated as a result of their 'go-slow' policy - instructing drivers to reduce speed at AOCLs after a series of accidents in recent months.

Photo (c) Phil Williams on Geograph

2 Comments:

At 2:51 pm, Blogger Chris M said...

"British Transport Police said they had the van driver with a road traffic offence in connection with the accident."

What did they do to the van driver? Arrest him? Charge him? Buy him a drink?

 
At 5:02 pm, Blogger haddonsman said...

Oops, my bad. Thanks for the spot; the driver was charged with a road traffic offence.

 

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