The report into the collision between an empty stock working and a road vehicle at Shalmsford level crossing in 1970.
This document was published on 9th November 1970 by Department of the Environment.
It was written by Lieut. Col. A. G. Townsend-Rose.
This item is linked to the Accident at Shalmsford Street Level Crossing on 15th July 1970
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 10 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Nick Smith and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 13th August 2006.
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"The level crossing which is provided with gates opening away from the railway was temporarily manned by a crossing keeper because it was being used by lorries belonging to a firm of gravel contractors moving unwashed gravel from pits north of the railway (on the Down side) to plant on the south (Up) side. It was the crossing keeper's duty to ask the signalman's permission to open the gates to road traffic and to inform the signalman when they were again shut and the crossing clear. At 10.02 such a request was made and a lorry passed over from the Down to the Up side, but the crossing keeper took the opportunity of the open gates to carry a bundle of wood from the Down side to his hut on the Up side, and he then closed only the Up side gate before telephoning the signalman and telling him that both gates were shut and the crossing clear. A few minutes later a loaded lorry arrived on the Down side and entered the crossing although the Up side gate was still closed, and was hit by an empty 4 car electric multiple-unit (EMU) train travelling at about 55 m.p.h. on the Up line. The lorry was totally destroyed and the driver killed. The train came to rest some 275 yards beyond the crossing with the rear axle of the lorry wedged beneath the front bogie which was derailed, and the lorry's metal tipper body on the lines in front of it. The guard, who had been standing near the secondman's seat at the time of the accident, was also killed when that side of the train was stove in by the impact."
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