August 18, 2009 | Mark Paradies

UK RAIB Investigates a Blackpool Tram Hitting a Person in Norbeck

Here’s the press release:

The UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is carrying out an investigation into an accident at Norbreck on the Blackpool tramway, where a member of the public was struck and injured by a tram on 5 August 2009.

The accident occurred at 10:06 hrs on 5 August 2009. A tram, running south from Fleetwood towards Blackpool, struck a pedestrian who was crossing the tramway by a public roadway which lies immediately to the south of Norbreck tram stop. The tram had not stopped at the stop. The pedestrian was seriously injured as a result of the accident.

The RAIB’s preliminary examination indicates that the condition of the tram and the track did not contribute to the accident.

The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigations by the police, or by the safety authority.

The RAIB will publish a report, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website

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