Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lorry stuck on Stanford-le-Hope crossing barrier almost hit by train

FOOTAGE has been released of the moment a concrete lorry came within seconds of being struck by a fast-moving passenger train.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the lorry was waved over the crossing by a railway worker despite the red lights flashing.

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When it tried to reverse, it got stuck on the closing barrier, forcing workers to lift it back up.

Seconds after becoming untangled and reversing to safety, a train whizzed past.

The RAIB said it happened in Mucking, near Stanford-le-Hope on 13 March.

Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said it was almost a “disaster”, adding that Network Rail and Amey Inabensa had “addressed the factors” to stop it happening again.

The footage can be seen here.


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