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Railway worker killed after being struck by passenger train on Redhill line

 

Railway worker killed after being struck by passenger train on Redhill line

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said it will investigate last month's fatal accident to identify a cause of the collision

A railway worker has died after being struck by a train on the Redhill line between Purley and Coulsdon South stations in London.

The railway safety staff member was carrying out protection duties for engineering work when he was hit by a London to Brighton passenger train travelling at 70mph.

As part of his safety work, he was placing red lamps and explosive warning devices at around 0.27am on November 6.

After completing this duty, the staff member was walking south along the down slow line when he was struck by the train, which had crossed over from the down fast line to the down slow/Redhill line at Stoats Nest Junction.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said it will investigate the fatal accident to identify the cause of the collision.

The RAIB’s investigation will identify the sequence of events which led to the accident and will consider:

  • The reasons why the member of staff was in the place where he was struck.
  • The arrangements in place for his protection while he was carrying out his duties.
  • The risks associated with the protection of engineering work on the line.
  • Any underlying management factors.

A RAIB spokesman said: “Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, the Office of Rail and Road, or the British Transport Police.

“We will publish our findings, including any safety recommendations, at the conclusion of our investigation.”

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