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Line-side workers near miss, Dutton Viaduct

Near miss between a train and line-side workers on Dutton Viaduct, between Crewe and Runcorn, Cheshire, 18 September 2017.

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This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this incident. See safety digest 18/2017.

Image shows the three line-side workers involved in the left-hand refuge on Viaduct (courtesy of Virgin Trains).
Image shows the three line-side workers involved in the left-hand refuge on the viaduct. Image taken from forward-facing camera on a northbound train. The near miss occurred with a subsequent southbound train as the group of workers crossed the tracks (courtesy of Virgin Trains).

At around 16:57 hrs on Monday 18th September 2017, a passenger train travelling at 125 mph (200 km/h), encountered three line-side workers on Dutton Viaduct. The workers managed to move clear of the track less than ½ second before the train passed them. No injuries were caused to the workers, but the train driver was shaken by the incident.

We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.

The safety digest will shortly be made available on our website.

Published 4 October 2017