Network Rail fined £450k

Network Rail and a signalman have been fined a total of nearly half a million pounds after a woman was killed when a level crossing was left open in Herefordshire.

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Damage caused to car after level crossing accident

The damage caused to the Harding's car after it was hit by a train Credit: Caters News

This is the Harding family's car after it was hit by a train at a level crossing in Herefordshire when its gates were accidentally raised too early.

Jane Harding, 52, was killed in the crash when the barriers were lifted at the crossing at Moreton-on-lugg before the train had passed.

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Signalman has offered no apology to victim's family

Jane Harding, 52, died at the crossing in Herefordshire in January 2010 Credit: ITV Central

The family of a woman killed at a level crossing in Herefordshire when its barriers were accidentally raised, say they've never had an apology from the signalman involved.

Jane Harding died at the crossing in Moreton-on-Lugg in January 2010.

The scene of the accident at Moreton-on-Lugg in Herefordshire Credit: ITV Central

The signalman Adrian Maund accidentally lifted the gates before the oncoming train had passed, because he'd been distracted by a phone call.

Today he was fined £1,750 and ordered to carry out 270 hours in community service.

Signalman Adrian Maund was today sentenced Credit: ITV News Central

Mark Harding, Jane's wife, says that in the three years since the accident his family has received an apology from Network Rail, but not from Mr Maund.

Network Rail today received a fine of £450,000 plus £33,000 in costs, after the judge ruled Mrs Harding's death could've been prevented.

Family issues statement after level crossing sentence

The husband of Jane Harding, who was killed when barriers were left open at a level crossing in Herefordshire, has issued the following statement after Network Rail and the signalman were today fined a total of nearly half a million pounds.

“Just over three years ago, my life changed forever. On 16 January 2010, we lost a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother to a then 13-year-old son, in an accident which we now learn could have been prevented.

“If Jane’s passing is to have any meaning, it will be that, in future, rail and road users will be placed at the forefront of those in the rail industry whose responsibility it is to ensure the general public’s safety at level crossings.

– Mark Harding

Network Rail fined £450,000 for level-crossing death

Network Rail have been fined £450,000 and have been ordered to pay £33,000 in costs after a woman was killed at a level crossing in Herefordshire. The signalman, Adrian Maund, was fined £1,750 and ordered to carry out 270 hours of community service.

He mistakenly raised the barriers after being distracted by a phone call at Moreton-on-Lugg on January 16, 2010.

The train smashed into the car at 61mph and dragged a vehicle carrying fifty-two-year-old Jane Harding 150 yards down the track.

Signalman and Network Rail to be sentenced following crossing death

Moreton-on-Lugg rail crossing Credit: PA

Network Rail and a signalman are due to be sentenced today after a woman was killed at a level crossing in Herefordshire on January 16, 2010.

Fifty-two-year-old Jane Harding was a passenger in a car that was hit by a train at Moreton-on-Lugg, when Adrian Maund mistakenly raised the barriers after being distracted by a phone call.

The train smashed into the car at 61mph and dragged the vehicle 150 yards down the track.

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Network Rail: 'We are deeply sorry'

Network Rail has told ITV News Central they are 'deeply sorry' after being found guilty of breaching health and safety rules.

Jane Harding, 52, was killed in Herefordshire on 16th January 2010 after signalman Adrian Maund, 42, mistakenly raised the crossing barriers after becoming distracted by a phone call.

Mr Maund, 42, was also found guilty of breaching health and safety rules.

The train smashed into the car at 61mph and dragged the vehicle 150 yards down the track.

Adrian Maund is due to be sentenced on April 10th 2013.

Husband of rail death victim: 'Accident could and should have been prevented'

Mark Harding, the husband of Jane Harding, who was killed by a train in Herefordshire in 2010 has told ITV News Central that the accident 'could and should have been prevented'.

Signalman Adrian Maund, 42, and Network Rail have been found guilty of breaching health and safety rules after Mr Maund mistakenly raised the level crossing barriers after becoming distracted by a phone call.

The train smashed into the car at 61mph and dragged the vehicle 150 yards down the track.

Mrs Harding was a passenger at the time of the crash. Mark escaped unharmed.

Adrian Maund is due to be sentenced on April 10th 2013.

Signalman and Network Rail found guilty over railway crossing death

A signalman and Network Rail have been found guilty of breaching health and safety rules after a mother was hit and killed by a train.

Jane Harding, 52, was killed in Herefordshire on 16th January 2010 after signalman Adrian Maund, 42, mistakenly raised the crossing barriers after becoming distracted by a phone call.

Mrs Harding was a passenger at the time of the crash. Her husband escaped unharmed.

The train smashed into the car at 61mph and dragged the vehicle 150 yards down the track.

Adrian Maund is due to be sentenced on April 10th 2013.

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