Network Rail has been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,421 for breaching health and safety law which led to a 10 year old boy suffering serious injuries at a level crossing on a private road near Beccles, Suffolk, in 2010.
Today’s sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court follows an investigation into a train and car collision at a level crossing between Beccles station and Oulton Broads South station in Suffolk.
The train was travelling at 55mph when it struck the car, causing it to spin and throw the passenger, a 10 year old boy, through a window. He suffered life changing injuries. The driver wasn't badly hurt.
An investigation found the accident was caused by poor visibility of trains when they approached the crossing from the south side.
The rail regulator found Network Rail failed to act on information obtained from its own employees over a ten-year period which highlighted that users of the crossing were exposed to an increased risk of being struck by a train. Network Rail pleaded.