The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced that it has launched an investigation into the recent fatal accident at West Midlands Trains’ depot at Tyseley, Birmingham.
Rail Inquirer understands that, at about 20:00 on 14 December 2019, a train driver in his 60s, who had just got off a train he had brought into the depot, was fatally injured while passing between two trains that were being coupled together on an adjacent line.
Paramedics and the emergency services arrived about 15 minutes later, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The RAIB said that its investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will also consider any factors relevant to the method of working within the depot and any relevant underlying factors.
RAIB investigations are independent of any other investigation by the railway industry, the British Transport Police or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. Reports typically take around 10 months to complete and include recommendations to improve safety.