The two collided trains in the Watford Tunnel.Pic credit: British Transport Police
An accident report out today on the landslip at Watford that derailed an early morning London Midland commuter train last September reveals the importance of having properly trained staff on our railways.
It reveals that without prompt action by the driver there would have been large number of casualties and possibly fatalities when another commuter train running in the opposite direction collided with the derailed train.
It also shows having a guard on the train meant that passengers on the service who had not been injured got immediate reassurance and help after the driver was trapped in the cab following the accident.
The report praises both the driver and the guard for the way they handled the accident – caused by heavy rain leading to a landslip on the line just inside the entrance to a tunnel…
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