Averting Future Disasters

On 28 February 2001, ten people died and over eighty people were injured after an express train and a freight train collided at a combined speed of over 200 kilometers per hour near Selby, Yorkshire in northern England. This incident was caused after a driver fell asleep while driving his vehicle and slewed off a motorway down an embankment and onto the railway line, causing the derailment of the express train onto the path of the freight train. This horrific rail crash has sparked a new method of assessing potential risk areas. The Northamptonshire County Council has taken steps at minimizing the risks of collisions between road vehicles and trains by applying the UK Department of Transport’s risk assessment model, which aids in identifying areas where roads pass close to railways. Measures range from putting in barriers where none existed to installing warning signs.


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  • Accession Number: 01011044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2005 4:06PM