Cumbria derailment Driver Black 'serious but not critical'

26 February 2007

Driver Iain Black, hailed by the union as a ‘reluctant hero’ in media outlets across the country, could be in hospital for up to four weeks. He was visited in hospital in Preston over the weekend by ASLEF regional organisers Kevin Lindsay and Colin Smith.

46 year old Iain suffered a broken collar bone, a broken bone in his neck, has back injuries and Kevin says he is ‘a mass of cuts and bruises. Thankfully, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. General Secretary Keith Norman said Iain did a wonderful driving job and sent the union’s hope for his speedy and complete recovery.

The union will be looking carefully at the initial report to be issued today and National Organiser Andy Reed says ASLEF will play a full part in the subsequent enquiry.

Keith says this is one of the times that ASLEF is seen to be ‘more than a union’. ‘We are a family of drivers who work and stick together. This type of incident bonds us all. When I offer my sympathy and concern for Iain, I know I do so on behalf of every single ASLEF member in the country,’ he said.

 

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