Second death at Norwich level crossing in 18 months

01 March 2007

ASLEF’s National Organiser Andy Reed has called for an in-depth investigation following a second death at the same level crossing in 18 months.

The latest fatality occurred about five miles south of Norwich at half past seven this morning when a One train travelling at around 100 mph collided with a silver Vauxhall Astra. The train remained upright, coming to a halt just over a mile from the incident.

Neither the driver nor passengers were injured and the driver of the car was the only fatality – mirroring an incident on 13 November 2005 when a car driven by Darrell Sheens, 45, from Swardeston, was struck on the same unmanned level crossing.

The accident occurred only a day after the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) confirmed that level crossings represent the biggest risk to train passengers’ safety. Although the ORR says, ‘There are particular problems for rail companies because they cannot control action of drivers and pedestrians at level crossings,’ ASLEF continues to argue for track to train surveillance cameras which can alert the driver to obstructions on the track at a sufficient distance to allow an accident to be averted.

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