Grayrigg train crash

Network Rail is to appear in court, facing prosecution over the fatal Grayrigg train crash in Cumbria.

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Victim's son speaks of heartache

George Masson - son of Margaret Masson who died in the crash
George Masson - son of Margaret Masson who died in the crash Credit: ITV Borders

"My heart has deteriorated so much since all this, the stress and anxiety. Tears welled up when I was sat in court, just the mention of my mum. I'm happy this will come to an end now, it's took five long years."

– GEORGE MASSON, SON OF MARGARET MASSON

Network Rail Chief apologises to family

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.

– Network Rail chief executive David Higgins

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Network Rail admits breaches

The firm's lawyers appeared at Lancaster Magistrates' Court for breaching health and safety law, following criminal proceedings started by the Office of Rail Regulation.

Network Rail, which is responsible for track maintenance, is facing a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Stretcher bars holding the moveable rails a set distance apart when the points are operated failed, causing the train to derail.