Wales crash lorry driver escapes jail

25 February 2013

The lorry driver who drove over a crossing and caused a collision with a train at Llanboidy level crossing near Whitland has not been jailed.

At Swansea Crown Court he admitted endangering the lives of passengers and was found to have been guilty of ‘a high degree of neglect’. He ignored a sign telling him to phone for permission to cross rail tracks.

Oswald Davies was given a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 300 hours of community work.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan pointed to the ‘considerable disparity’ between those who trespass on the line, causing a real potential for a major catastrophe - and how rail staff are treated if they make a genuine error or mistake.

‘It is community service for some - and a loss of livelihood for others,’ he said.

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