Anger as driver is injured by hooligans

20 December 2006

Andy Reed, ASLEF’s National Organiser, said he was horrified at an incident which left a train driver critically injured after hooligans threw masonry from a bridge in Worcestershire.

‘I am sure I speak for every train driver in the country when I offer our member and his family our deepest sympathy. It is unbelievable that people can be so callous, stupid and downright evil as to do something like this.

‘There is no excuse for such behaviour. This could have killed the driver. The union is calling for the most severe sentences for this crime.’

A large piece of masonry smashed through the cab window causing serious head and face injuries to the driver of a freight train on Sunday morning. Today he was still being treated in the Royal Worcester Hospital.

His train was travelling between Llanwern and Brierley Hill.

The police say the train travelled underneath three bridges - Chester Road North, Offmore Lane and Comberton Hill (A448), before it came to a standstill. They are appealing to the public to come forward if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

‘This is nothing to do with high-spirits or festive excess,’ Andy says. ‘It is a case of irresponsible and criminal folly.’

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