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Bradford rail accident highlights problem

There are calls for more protection to prevent death and injury by rail runaways. It follows another potentially fatal incident last month.

A road-rail dumper truck ran free for a quarter of mile before it hit buffers at Bradford Interchange.

An investigation is taking place by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

This latest case echoes the one of Tebay in 2004, where four workers were killed by a runaway trolley.

The biggest rail union, the RMT, now wants more to be done.

Eight years after four of our members were killed at Tebay the relentless stream of runaways has still not stopped, and it is time that the secondary protection we are seeking was put in place.

“The Bradford incident took place the day after our latest round of talks and it underlines that this remains a serious problem and that it is deeds, not words, that will prevent further unnecessary loss of life.

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

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