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view document PDF (0.7Mb download)Report on the Accident that occurred on 3rd December 1976 at Chivers Occupation Level Crossing (No. 1) between Lakenheath and Shippea Hill in the Eastern Region British Railways

Document Summary

The report into the collision between a lorry and a passenger train at Chivers level crossing in 1976.

This document was published on 16th March 1978 by Department of Transport.

It was written by Lieut. Col. I. K. A. McNaughton.


This item is linked to the Accident at Chivers Level Crossing on 3rd December 1976


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 13 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Nick Smith and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 12th October 2006.

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"At the time of the accident Chivers Level Crossing was provided with two 12 ft 6 in. gates which should normally have been closed across the road by the drivers of road vehicles after they had traversed the crossing. A telephone was provided on each road approach to the crossing with a conspicuous sign instructing the drivers of road vehicles to telephone the signalman at Shippea Hill to ascertain whether it was safe to traverse the crossing. When the accident occurred there was thick fog, with visibility limited to between 50 and 70 yards and darkness was rapidly falling. A rigid six-wheeled Volvo lorry, loaded with crates of washed carrots, was driven onto the crossing from the north without the driver first ascertaining whether it was safe to cross, and was struck by the 15.35 Norwich-Birmingham three-car diesel multiple-unit passenger train travelling at about 50 mile/h. The train was not derailed, but the leading coach was extensively damaged and I regret to report that the driver was killed instantly and 8 of the 94 passengers in the train were injured, one of them seriously. The impact hurled the road vehicle clear of the track to the south of the line, badly damaging its rear end The driver of the lorry, whose cab was already well clear of the line when the collision occurred, escaped without injury."

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