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Trains struck location cabinet doors, Chipping Sodbury

Trains struck location cabinet doors, Chipping Sodbury tunnel, Gloucestershire, 20 February 2017.

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This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this accident. See safety digest 08/2017.

Two location cabinets with missing doors (image courtesy of Network Rail)
Two location cabinets with missing doors (image courtesy of Network Rail)

In the early evening of 20 February, two trains struck location cabinet doors that had been left unsecured and were drawn towards the track by the aerodynamic effects of passing trains. The trains suffered some external damage but no one was injured.

We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this accident. 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 16 March 2017