Investigation into an accident involving a heavy goods vehicle and a train near Oxshott, Surrey, on 5 November 2010

The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into the incursion of a heavy goods vehicle through the parapet of a bridge over a railway line in Surrey, causing the vehicle to fall onto a passing train.

The accident occurred at about 15:29 hrs on the bridge that carries the A244 over a two track railway near Oxshott station.  A three-axle concrete mixer lorry was travelling in the southbound direction over the bridge when it collided with, and demolished a section of, the east side parapet before falling 10.5 metres onto the track below.  The lorry was loaded with concrete and weighed approximately 24 tonnes.  As the vehicle fell onto the track it struck a train that was passing underneath, the 15:05 hrs service from Guildford to London Waterloo (train 2G46).  One passenger on the train and the driver of the lorry sustained serious injuries.  Five other passengers on the train suffered minor injuries.

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Image of the incident location at Oxshott

The train was formed of two four-car class 455 electric multiple units. Severe crush damage was caused to the leading end of the 6th coach. In addition one side of the 7th and 8th coaches suffered severe damage caused by heavy contact with parts of the lorry. The last bogie on the train (8th coach) became derailed. The train came to a stand with the rear coach approximately 60 metres from the point of impact with the lorry.

All 36 passengers were detrained; the injured were taken to hospital, and the remainder taken to a reception centre set up by the local authority, Elmbridge Borough Council.

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Image showing damage to vehicles at Oxshott

The RAIB’s investigation will identify the sequence of events before, during and after the accident. RAIB inspectors will liaise with Surrey Police’s road traffic accident investigators in order to understand the events on the highway that led to the collision with the parapet. The scope of the investigation will also encompass the steps that were taken to manage the risk of vehicle incursion at this location and at similar bridges elsewhere on Britain’s railway network.

The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigations by the Police and the safety authority.

The RAIB will publish a report, 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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