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Network Rail faces unlimited fine over the Grayrigg derailment.

Derailment at Grayrigg
Scene of the Grayrigg derailment in Cumbria in 2007 Credit: ITV Border

Network Rail will sentenced for the Grayrigg derailment, which killed one person and injured 86 others. The company, which is responsible for safe upkeep of railways, faces an unlimited fine for catalogue of safety failures in the lead-up to the crash in Cumbria in 2007.

Margaret Masson, 84, from Glasgow, died from multiple injuries after the Virgin Pendolino London to Glasgow express train crashed on the West Coast Main line near Kendal. The 300-tonne train derailed at 95mph when it hit a faulty set of points.

Network Rail will plead guilty to a string of health and safety breaches. The sentencing will take place at Preston Crown Court.


Network Rail Grayrigg apology

The Grayrigg derailment in 2007, resulting in the tragic death of Mrs Masson, was a terrible event.

Within hours of the event it was clear that we were responsible, that the infrastructure was at fault, so it is right that we plead guilty.

We again apologise to Mrs Masson's family for the undoubted grief this has caused them.

– David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive

BREAKING NEWS: Grayrigg guilty plea

George Masson
George Masson, son of Margaret Masson Credit: ITV Border

Network Rail says it will plead guilty to a series of health and safety offences following the fatal Grayrigg train crash in 2007.

Passenger Margaret Masson died and 86 others were injured when a Virgin Pendolino was de-railed in Cumbria.

The company will be sentenced next month.

Today Margaret Masson's son, George, said that his family had been through hell for the last five years.

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