The preliminary report by RSSB into the collision of an express passenger train with a car at Ufton Nervet in 2004.
This document was published on 25th January 2005 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
This item is linked to the Accident at Ufton Nervet on 6th November 2004
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" The 1735 hrs London to Plymouth service was a 10-vehicle High Speed Train (HST) operated by First Great Western. The train would normally leave London with the standard class accommodation at the front but on this occasion the train was running in reverse formation with two first class coaches at the front, followed by a buffet coach and five standard class coaches. It departed from Paddington on time and after making a booked stop at Reading, it left the station one minute late at 1803 hrs. The train subsequently accelerated to the linespeed of 100mph and passed the ‘strike-in’ point for Ufton AHB level crossing at 1811 hrs, initiating the crossing sequence of lights, audible alarms and lowering of barriers.
On reaching the level crossing, the train struck a Mazda 323 car which was on the crossing and obstructing the Down Line. The collision caused the leading wheelset of the leading bogie of the front power car to derail towards the left hand side in the direction of travel. The bogie then ran for approximately 95 metres in a line parallel to the rails with only one wheelset derailed until it reached the facing points to the Down Goods Loop. The bogie was then guided to the left by the diverging rails of the points, causing the following bogies to derail and resulting in a full and catastrophic derailment of all the vehicles in the train.
Extensive damage was caused to the vehicles, particularly those in the centre of the train where the couplings broke and vehicles parted from the train formation. The rear power car came to rest 165 metres from the point of derailment and the leading power car came to rest 360 metres from the same point.
The car was broken up by the impact, with component parts being carried forward by the train and scattered along some 100 metres of track. There was also widespread damage to the track in the area where all the vehicles finally derailed.
The response to the accident by the railway companies and the civil emergency services was both rapid and efficient. The evacuation of the passengers from the train, for the most part, proceeded smoothly. Regrettably, five passengers and the train driver died as a consequence of the accident, as well as the driver of the car.
A total of 66 passengers, including 18 who were quite badly injured, were conveyed to hospital for treatment. Many of the remaining passengers received minor cuts and bruises, which were treated locally."
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