Passenger train collides with car

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A train with one passenger and a driver aboard has crashed into a car that left the road and ended up on the track.

A Ford Escort, driven by a 17-year-old youth, came to rest on the line near the railway station at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, just after midnight on Sunday.

A police spokesman said the car driver and passengers got out before the train hit the vehicle. No one was hurt in the incident.

He said the train driver was shaken and an inquiry was under way.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/6118122.stm
 
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Unfourtunately Last Night was mischief night...
Do you know something we don't? Are you suggesting this was deliberate? If so, can we have the info? If not, may be best not to suggest that it was..
 

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and to back up yorkie I quote -
Highway Code said:
272. If your vehicle breaks down, or if you have an accident on the crossing you should
- get everyone out of the vehicle and clear of the crossing immediately
- use a railway telephone if available to tell the signal operator. Follow the instructions given.
- move the vehicle clear of the crossing if there is time before a train arrives. If the alarm sounds, or the amber light comes on, leave the vehicle and get clear of the crossing immediately.
There is no reason to suspect that the car didn't break down and there was no time, you cannot suggest that they were creating mischief.
 

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There is no reason to suspect that the car didn't break down and there was no time, you cannot suggest that they were creating mischief.

Some people would assume that as the driver a 17 year old youth, he was up to mischief, reinforcing the stereotypical view some people have of teenagers...
 

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Do you know something we don't? Are you suggesting this was deliberate? If so, can we have the info? If not, may be best not to suggest that it was..
It was a Suggestion not the outcome of the RAIB Enquiry. :)
 

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Ok before people make assumptions.

The only crossing in (West of) Leigh-On-Sea (Station) are 3 User Worked Crossings.

Now I can't assume but I'm guessing that they'd be a telephone to call the signaller.

My guess is that the 17 year old didn't know how to or couldn't be bothered to use the crossing properly.

Of course it's possible that a level crossing was not involved and the car got onto the track another way.
 

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I would think there was no level crossing involved, judging by the first sentence:

"A train with one passenger and a driver aboard has crashed into a car that left the road and ended up on the track."
 

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The road does run next to the railway at many points in Leigh-on-Sea, with little protection.
 

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The anniversary of the Ufton Nervet crash. If you weren't personally involved or affect, after the event it's best to get along with your lives, otherwise we'd spend most of the days in the year feeling sorry about one event or another that's happened.
 

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I think it's best to remember railwaymen who have given thier lives trying to do thier job in thier normal safe and proffessional manner. The railway works liek that you see, looking after one and other.
 

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Then you'd be here all year, because there's countless numbers who've died in the course of their duty. Thousands in the wars alone.

One day per year might be better, but I certainly don't know the dates of the deaths of all the railwaymen killed on duty, as it were.
 

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When you actually know what you're on about then comment. If not then just discuss what you're good at, ie, numbers. I said about railwaymen as the raiwlay stick together. I wouldn't expect you to understand.
 

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When you actually know what you're on about then comment. If not then just discuss what you're good at, ie, numbers. I said about railwaymen as the raiwlay stick together. I wouldn't expect you to understand.

With all due respect, I think the above comment is out of order. Alex S just commented, and quite rightly so, that if there was an "aniversary" of every railway worker who died either serving their country in the wars, or working, every day we would be mourning for people. Every since William Huskisson MP in 1830, (given, he wasn't railway staff, he was a local MP wandering around the tracks) , many people have died and it is just depressing to even attempt to remember every person individually.
 

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I didn't even remember that the other day was the anniversary of the Ufton Nervert crash. Doesn't mean I don't care about the fact that a number of innocent people died through no fault of their own.
 
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