February 18, 2008 | Mark Paradies

UK RAIB to investigate a fatal level crossing accident near Haltwhistle

The following press release is from the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch:

The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into a fatal level crossing accident at West Lodge level crossing, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, on 22 January 2008.

The accident occurred at 17:13 hrs, when English, Welsh and Scottish Railways freight train 6E62, from Carlisle to Middlesbrough, struck and killed a young man delivering coal to a house adjacent to the West Lodge user worked level crossing on Network Rail’s Carlisle to Newcastle line.

The RAIB’s preliminary examination indicates no issues with the condition or operation of the train or the signalling system that could have contributed to the accident.

The RAIB’s investigation into the accident is proceeding independently of any parallel investigations 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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