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The report into the collision between an express passenger train and an empty stock working at Winsford in 1999, caused by the empty stock driver passing a signal at danger.
This document was published on 17th September 1999 by Health and Safety Executive.
It was written by Health and Safety Executive.
This item is linked to the Accident at Winsford on 23rd June 1999
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"At approximately 08.45 on 23 June 1999, the 06.30 Virgin Trains Euston to Glasgow express (train identifier 1S47) collided with the rear end of the 08.44 First North Western empty coaching stock from Crewe - Manchester (train identifier 5H80). 27 people were injured ( 24 passengers and 3 railway-related employees), four of whom sustained major injuries. The collision took place on Railtrack owned infrastructure at Winsford South Junction just south of Winsford station in Cheshire...
During the initial investigation, Railtrack zonal control advised HSE inspectors that they had received a NRN radio message from the FNW train driver shortly before the collision, advising he had passed a red signal and was blocking the main line, and asking that a message be broadcast to stop all trains in the Winsford area. This was immediately done, but by this stage the Virgin train was already approaching Winsford with the driver applying the emergency brake having seen signal WD13 suddenly change to display a red stop aspect. The train describer display at Winsford signal box was subsequently examined, and it showed the Virgin and First North Western trains as held at signals WD12 and 13 respectively, suggesting both trains must have passed a signal at red immediately prior to the collision."
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