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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 12:54 GMT
At-a-glance: HSE Ufton Nervet report
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published an interim report recording the progress of inquiries into Saturday's fatal train crash at Ufton Nervet.

The main findings are:

  • No evidence in any of the level crossing or train data downloads to suggest any fault in the signalling, level crossing or on train equipment, or with the actions of those personnel on duty

  • Early indications are that a car driver stopped his vehicle on the crossing before the barrier sequence commenced and made no attempt to leave the vehicle once the crossing traffic signals began to flash and the barriers descended

  • The police investigation is centred on the reasons for a car being on the level crossing and the actions of the car driver

  • Equipment at the Ufton crossing is in place to give road-users a minimum 27-second warning of approaching trains

  • The last annual risk assessment carried out by Network Rail on the Ufton crossing was 8 July 2004 - the HSE has not yet examined its results

  • At 1811 GMT the train initiated the crossing sequence for the Ufton crossing. It took 39 seconds to reach the crossing, giving more than the required 27 seconds of warning

  • The train struck the car at 1812. Data indicates that the train brakes were applied two to three seconds before the collision

  • The leading wheelset of the train derailed on the crossing on impact with the stationary car

  • The derailment was exacerbated 91m further down the track as the train passed over pointwork, followed by the "catastrophic derailment" of all carriages

  • Momentum in the rear power car continued to propel the train forward and the train jack-knifed

  • There was "severe damage and destruction" to the track consistent with a train of this size - weighing around 350 tonnes, travelling at 100mph - coming to rest 400m from the point of impact

  • There is no reason why Network Rail should not start track repairs once the site has been cleared

  • The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) is organising a formal inquiry with an independent panel to identify any safety lessons for the industry and learn from them.




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