Freight train passes two signals at danger in West Yorkshire

The train that passed two signals at danger, at Hare Park junction and Crofton West junction, in West Yorkshire,

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating how a freight train passed through two signals at danger, some distance apart, then crossed a junction and damaged a set of points.

The incident happened at around 09:54 on 7 May 2020. A freight train passed a red signal protecting Crofton West junction in West Yorkshire and came to a stop 250 meters beyond the junction, damaging a set of points as a result.

The train had already passed another red signal at Hare Park junction around two minutes earlier.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident and, having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, has decided to publish a safety digest. This will be published on RAIB’s website in the next few weeks.

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