A jury is expected to return a verdict today in the case of a railway signalman on trial over the death of a woman in Herefordshire in January 2010.
Jane Harding was killed when a train ploughed into her car on a level crossing at Moreton on Lugg near Hereford. Her husband Mark, who was driving, survived the accident with injuries to his shoulder and pelvis.
During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury was told how signalman Adrian Maund was distracted at the time by a phone call from a farmer who wanted to move sheep across the line at another crossing.
He told police in an interview that he believed the Manchester to Milford Haven train had already passed when he raised the barriers.
He faces charges under the Health and Safety Act 1974 and if found guilty could receive a prison sentence and an unlimited fine.
Network Rail also denies a charge of failing in its duty of care. The jury were told during the trial that a £40,000 locking system that might have prevented Mrs Harding's death was not installed at the crossing.
– Philip Mott QC
An approach locking system has been around since the 1960s. Why not put in that device? The reason was money. Was the cost too great to avoid the cost of a human life?
Mr. Maund and Network Rail both deny the charges.