Woodbridge, United Kingdom: RAIB announs investigation into UWC collision

31 Jul

LXinfoImage216-RAIBlogo-RAIBThe Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has today announced that it is investigating an accident at Jetty Avenue no.18 user-worked level crossing (UWC) near Woodbridge, Suffolk that occurred at about 18.20 on July 14th, 2013. The accident involved the collision of a passenger train with a car on the Jetty Avenue level crossing. The train was travelling at low speed and was not derailed by the impact. There were no reported injuries amongst the train crew or the passengers. The car driver was also uninjured.

The car, which was towing a trailer, was using the level crossing to access a boatyard on the south side of the railway. It was significantly damaged by the collision.

The Jetty Avenue level crossing is situated on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft and is located approximately 0.2 miles south-west of Woodbridge station. It is fitted with gates on both sides of the railway which were recently replaced. It was not provided with telephones. The installation of miniature warning lights had commenced but they had yet to be commissioned.

The RAIB investigation will examine the design and maintenance of the crossing, the factors that may have influenced the actions of the car driver and the previous history of incidents at the crossing. It will also consider how the crossing was being used on the day, the extent to which users were able to sight approaching trains and the instructions provided to users.

The RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website.

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