Track worker struck by Gatwick train travelling at 80mph

A rail accident team is investigating an incident in which a track worker was seriously injured after being struck by a Gatwick Express train travelling at 80mph.

Track worker hit by rail service from Gatwick Airport

The train was a passenger service from Gatwick Airport to Victoria station in London.

  • Recently-published figures for 2013/14 from the Rail Safety and Standards Board showed that there were three rail workforce deaths compared with two in 2012/13
  • The RSSB said most workforce deaths involved infrastructure workers and that since 2004/05, there had been 25 workforce fatalities, 20 of whom were infrastructure workers
  • The total number of workforce major injuries in 2013/14 was 126, which was 11% higher than the 114 recorded for 2012/13

Track worker hit by a Gatwick train travelling at 80mph

A rail accident team is investigating after a track worker was seriously injured after being struck by a Gatwick Express train travelling at 80mph.

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The injured worker was supervising a group carrying out track maintenance work near Redhill in Surrey when he was struck at about 10.40am on June 24, 2014. The 11-strong team were carrying out repairs to the towards-London line between Redhill Tunnel and Quarry Tunnel.

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