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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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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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