Railway safety and crime

21.02.19

RAIB launches investigation after pedestrian fatally struck at Tibberton footpath crossing

The Rail Accidents Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a train whilst crossing at Tibberton No. 8 footpath crossing near Worcester.

The RAIB reports that on the morning of 6 February, a member of the public was struck by a train which was travelling from Nottingham to Cardiff. The train was travelling at 99mph and the pedestrian suffered fatal injuries.

So far, the investigation branch says that evidence suggests that a train travelling in the opposite direction had passed by just before the incident, and that the pedestrian had been waiting for that train to pass. He then made his way across the crossing, unaware of the other train approaching.

The RAIB noted that conditions were foggy at the time of the accident.

The RAIB’s investigation will look at the measures in place in relation to the risks of using the crossing in foggy conditions, and the fact that two trains passed the region of the crossing.

 

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