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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Probe after driver leaps from cab as trains smash into each other

An investigation has been launched after a train crashed into another one near Penrith, leaving the driver with serious injuries as he leapt from the cab.

Penrith train crash photo
A train was derailed

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced it is carrying out a preliminary probe into the accident, three miles north of Penrith station on January 12.

It said a non-passenger train carrying 10 ballast wagons and a locomotive at each end was travelling to a work site when it collided with the back of a stationary train, also a ballast, marking the end of the site.

The train was going at 19mph, the RAIB said, causing the buffers of the first train to overtake the locomotive at the front of the train.

“The bogie of the wagon and the trailing bogie of the locomotive became derailed,” a spokesman said.

“When the driver of the train saw that a collision was imminent he applied the emergency brake and jumped from his cab, sustaining serious injuries.

“The derailment caused damage to the track which required local repairs, and some limited damage to the rolling stock involved.”

He said the preliminary examination will look at the rules about managing train movements in work sites and the regulation of their speed.

“It will also examine the way in which key information was communicated between the parties involved,” he added.

The results of the RAIB investigation are due to be published on its site in due course.

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