Driver hurt as train hits fallen Barrow footbridge

01 February 2008

A train driver was hurt and rail services disrupted after an East Midland Train collided with the wreckage of a fallen footbridge. The bridge had collapsed after being hit by an engineering works tipper truck.

 

The driver was cut free by fire crews and suffered leg injuries but regional organiser Mick Whelan says fortunately they are not life-threatening. ‘The union is here to offer what support it can to the driver and his family,’ Mick says.

 

The bridge wreckage, at Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, was hit at about half past six this morning by a train travelling from Nottingham to Norwich. Services were affected along this line and also the one running from Sheffield and Nottingham to London. None of the 6 passengers on the train was injured.

 

Union general secretary Keith Norman says this is an incident that could have been prevented had ‘track to train’ surveillance been installed.

 

UPDATE

 

Mick Whelan tells us that Bro Paul Griffin was released from hospital on Saturday afternoon and is up and about with bruising and lacerations to his legs. Physically he is on the mend but is still naturally shaken up by the experience. East Midlands Trains have been exemplary up to this point.

 

We are gratetful for all the messages of support and assistance if these could be addressed to Nottingham branch as Paul would prefer that there is only one point of contact at this difficult time.

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