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The report into the collision between two freight trains at Norton Bridge in 2003.
This document was published in 2004 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
This item is linked to the Accident at Norton Bridge on 16th October 2003
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"Bridge area as part of the West Coast Route Modernisation Project and, at the time of the incident, a major blockade of lines between Norton Bridge and Crewe was underway.
Because of this blockade, only one of the four tracks between Norton Bridge and Crewe was open to traffic. However, a short emergency possession of the line of approximately 20 minutes had to be taken around 0300 hrs. The requirement was for trains to be detained at Norton Bridge awaiting line clearance. The possession was later extended to an hour.
The signals were used to stop trains and freight train A was brought to a stand at approximately 0308 hrs and its driver (A) advised of the situation. Almost immediately, the signaller heard a very loud bang. Driver A had been standing in the doorway and was making his way back to his seat when he experienced a violent shunt forward which threw him off balance.
The driver of train B, which had collided with the rear of train A, was physically unhurt in the incident, but had to be released from his cab by the fire service. He advised the Norton Bridge signaller of the incident, and the signal aspects he believed he had received."
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