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Derailment at Ufton level crossing

At around 18.11 on Saturday 6 November 2004 a First Great Western London Paddington to Plymouth train derailed when it hit a road vehicle on Ufton level crossing, near Ufton Nervet, Berkshire.

Seven people were killed and 37 people were taken to hospital. British Transport Police (BTP), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators attended the scene.

ORR took over  HSE's investigation which focussed on the operation of the level crossing. All relevant evidence was secured and was subject to expert examination. ORR continued to support BTP's investigation.

The Health and Safety Commission decided not to launch a formal investigation, under section 14(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, into this incident.

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) published its final report on its Formal Inquiry in June 2005.

HSE supported the outcome of this inquiry and ORR continues to monitor the implementation of its recommendations.

HM Coroner's inquest into the Ufton took place in October and November 2007. The verdicts in the inquest were that the car driver commited suicide and that all others were unlawfully killed as a result of the misuse of the crossing by a road vehicle.

The Coroner stated that health and safety issues on the railway is in safe hands with ORR's role as safety regulator and considered that there was no need to use his powers to make any report with regard to issues of health and safety recommendations.

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