Tyne Valley level crossing collision

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  1. trainmananthon

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    Just heard from a reliable source that 156479 has struck a taxi on Warden crossing near Hexham on 2N29 1751 Morpeth - Carlisle.
     
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  3. BlueFox

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    No casualties.
     
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  4. ItsGrimUpNorth

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    Taxi looks a write off!

    https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/0...-newcastle-and-carlisle-after-train-hits-car/
     
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  6. Spartacus

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    Taxi driver went the wrong way so decided to do a 3 point turn on the level crossing and got stuck!!!!!!! o_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_O Used their obviously one and only brain cell to get themselves and their passenger out before being hit by the 156.
     
  7. Graeme

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    Especially since there's a long-ish patch of gravel lay-by just beyond the crossing where it would have been safer to turn around....
     
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    Oh silly me, i completely forgot rail staff never make stupid mistakes:smile:
     
  10. Spartacus

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    Who said they don't, but this is surely an almighty loss of common sense for starters.
     
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    If a member of Railway Staff made a mistake of this magnitude and level of incompetence and stupidity, I would be the first to condemn them for it. This isn't a lapse or a little error, if that report is true then that's mind-blowingly moronic.
     
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    So why the heck did the BBC do that? I notice they did not pixellate out the train unit number, nor conceal the name of the railway company, so do taxi companies have some kind of special immunity?

    This collision is a fact, and took place in the open so there can be no expectation of privacy. The name of the taxi company and its driver are going to be available for anyone to see soon enough. If the taxi company puts their signage on the side of their taxis then surely they cannot complain that people see it, for better or for worse.
     
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    Pretty sure that it's a license badge, as opposed to the company name.

    It would have very little interest to your average punter anyway.
     
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    You saved me writing exactly the same critique. Assuming the report is otherwise correct, it's all fact: if the taxi company doesn't like it, they should examine and train their drivers better.
     
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    Yes, that looks like a Northumberland County Council Hackney carriage sticker. It shows the licence number of that car/driver (can’t remember which). You’ll see a fair few of them around Newcastle and at the airport, in addition to the Newcastle City Council version which is a red circle on the door.
     
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    In that case, why not just leave it?
    If you are going to cut any such out, logically, you should also cut out the TOC name/identification marks on the train - most especially as the TOC is in no way responsible for the mess - if the reports are correct.
     
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    Possibly the Police who’ve blanked out the logos? Something I’ve seen before from them on social media outlets.

    More news here: Hexham train crash taxi 'driven on tracks' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-46801912

     
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    Most likely because the Taxi Driver could be identified by his license number. Identification of the person would be different from identifying a company.
     
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    If you block out the taxi ID, then get the story wrong it would make it much more difficult for the BBC to be sued
     
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    The BBC seem to be getting the flak here yet I cannot see that they have pixellated anything. They are just pictures embedded from elsewhere.
     
  21. Deafdoggie

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    They generally blank out number plates anyway. I have no idea why. Not just news, but documentaries, pretty much everything.
     
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    Presumably it is blocking out anything that could be used to identify someone.
     
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    The photos were provided by a police officer. Pixellating the cab licence number is entirely reasonable!
     
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    Heaven forbid that, in this day and age, something might be done to prevent the identification of people and give them a little privacy.
     
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    I’m sure that’ll go out when/if it comes to court, but one very legitimate reason for blanking plates out is that there is a thriving crimanal trade in cloned number plates, and if they can get any of the driver’s personal details, like name or address which will be open if it comes to court, so much the better for the criminal. I’ve a mate who was on the receiving end, luckily his car had a sticker in the back window which the otherwise identical one didn’t, and he was in China at the time of the offence.
     
  26. edwin_m

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    Surely just as easy to wander around until you find a car of the correct model and colour parked outside a house, note down the registration and address and if you need a name delve through the recycling bin for some junk mail?
     
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    Yeah, which is why I don't see why people fuss about blanking the number plate of a car when they post a picture on Facebook / online.
     
  28. Spartacus

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    Someone might come across you bin-diving, reading court reports and watching the news are considered perfectly acceptable though. From what we were told it's nore usual for people to get numbers of vehicles from a totally different area of the country to them though, though there are communities for which this presents no problem...
     
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    And some "you park like a @#-@$@!!!" websites and pages have got into bother as a result.

    There's also a bit of a difference between Facebook and an official police photograph...
     
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    And in this BBC News item https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-46796076 the HGV company is openly named:-

     
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