Wednesday 8 Dec 2004
NETWORK RAIL STATEMENT INTO DRAYTON CROSSING FATALITY
Our thoughts are with the young woman’s family and friends at this very sad time. We realise this must be very difficult and painful for them. The incident happened in the early hours, when trains were not running and the crossing barriers were in the raised position. The coroner will issue a verdict on this tragic fatality and we will also carry out an internal investigation. The crossing has already been checked and was in working order. This tragic accident highlights the dangers of the railway and that the electricity is on 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. We urge all ages to stay away from the railway tracks and stay safe.
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