INCIDENT: Hoy AOCL 09.01.10
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.
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