13/01/2012

Legal Action Taken Over Cumbrian Rail Crash

It has been revealed that Network rail is to be prosecuted over the Cumbrian rail crash back in 2007, which claimed one life.

The rail regulation body, The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has said that they have started legal proceedings against Network Rail for a breach of health and safety law.

A Virgin Trains Pendolino train to derail near Grayrigg on February 23 2007.

Passenger Margaret Masson, of Glasgow, was killed and 86 people were injured, 28 seriously.

Earlier investigations as well as last year's inquest into the death of Mrs Masson concluded that the derailment was caused by a poorly maintained set of points.

(LB)




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