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Network Rail has been fined £450,000 for breaching health and safety rules which led to the death of a woman at a level-crossing in Herefordshire.
A signalman was also fined for his role in the accident which killed Jane Harding. Today a judge said the incident was entirely preventable. Charlotte Grant reports.
The husband of Jane Harding, who died when the car she was a passenger in was hit by a train, said safety and not cost must be the organisation's top priority.
After Network Rail were fined today, Mark Harding said in a statement: "Just over three years ago my life changed forever.
"On January 16, 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."
He added: "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.
"Safety - not cost - must be the top priority. The cost of any life, as we can testify, is incalculable."
Network Rail has been fined £450,000 and signalman Adrian Maund £1,750 after being found guilty of breaching health and safety laws following the death of a woman at a level crossing.
Jane Harding, 52, died when the car she was a passenger in was hit by a train in the village of Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefordshire in January 2010.
Mrs Harding's husband Mark, who was driving the car, suffered serious injuries in the collision which happened when the crossing's barriers were raised by mistake.