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RAIL ACCIDENT: Investigation underway after railway worker struck by train near Chalfont

 Published on: 4th May 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Rail accident investigation is underway after a track worker was struck by a train near Chalfont & Latimer station in April.

The incident occurred at 9.31am on Friday, April 15, when a female rail worker who was undertaking a scheduled track inspection was hit by a train, sustaining injuries, and requiring hospital treatment.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police (BPT) said: “BTP were called to the line near Chalfont & Latimer station at 9.30am on April 15 following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended, and a woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment to injuries that were not deemed life-changing or life-threatening.”

An independent investigation is now being conducted by the Governments Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), who will aim to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident.

The RAIB said: “The train involved, which was a London Underground Metropolitan line service from Baker Street to Chesham, was travelling at around 25 mph (40 km/h) on a section of track used by trains running in both directions, where the maximum permitted speed is 35 mph (56 km/h). There are two other running lines at this location.

“The track worker was part of a group of three staff who were undertaking a scheduled track inspection. This was planned to take place while lines were open to traffic and with a system of work in place intended to keep staff away from moving trains.”

The investigation will consider the actions of those involved, the planned system of work, arrangements made for planning work where lines are open to traffic, the management of the competence of track workers alongside any other relevant underlying factors.

The findings of the investigation will be published on the Rail Accident Investigation Branch website www.gov.uk/government/publications/raib-current-investigations-register/rail-accident-investigation-branch-current-investigations.

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