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Death crossing had previous near-miss
5:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Echo News
THE CROSSING where a woman died after being hit by a train had a near miss earlier this year.
Network Rail, which operates the line crossed by a footpath linking Woodgrange Close and Pilgrims Close, has said it regularly carried out routine inspections of the non-signalled crossing and did so most recently last week.
But a spokesman also revealed there had been two incidents of misuse of the gated crossing, including one near-miss, in the past 12 months.
The close shave was reported by a driver who saw someone step out in front of a train and then step back again before it went past. The spokesman added 170 trains passed over the crossing every day, travelling at speeds as fast as 75mph.
She said: “As part of Network Rail’s commitment to providing a safe and reliable railway, inspections are regularly carried out at level crossings across the country.
“In addition to this process, each level crossing is subject to a robust risk assessment.”
British Transport Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman on Wednesday.