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Network Rail has been served with a large fine after a boy in a car was seriously injured following a collision with a train.
The incident occurred at a level crossing on a private road in Suffolk on July 3rd 2010 and an investigation by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) revealed the front carriage struck a vehicle that had entered a level crossing.
When the train hit the car a ten-year-old boy was thrown from the window and suffered life-changing injuries. The driver of the automobile suffered minor injuries.
A subsequent ORR investigation discovered Network Rail had been made aware of safety fears at the level crossing, but had failed to act in making it less dangerous.
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law at Ipswich Crown Court and was fined £500,000, on top of being ordered to pay costs of £23,421.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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