Train hits worker on Robin Hood Line

ACCIDENT SCENE -- the spot on the Robin Hood Line where the maintenance worker was hit by the train
ACCIDENT SCENE -- the spot on the Robin Hood Line where the maintenance worker was hit by the train

A TRAIN heading towards Bulwell station on the Robin Hood Line hit a track worker as he carried out maintenance work.

A safety inquiry has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) after the drama, which left the man with serious injuries.

The 9.25 am service from Nottingham to Worksop was on its approach to Bulwell station travelling at 55mph when it hit the worker at 9.31 am on Monday August 6.

Despite the driver spotting the man who was standing close to the line and sounding the train’s horn, the worker was struck by one of the train’s footsteps as it passed.

“On the morning of the accident the track worker had been tasked with carrying out an inspection of the vegetation around the railway,” said the RAIB in a statement.

“Since the line had not been blocked to trains, a system of work had been established that required the worker to look for trains and to move clear when a train was approaching.

“The RAIB’s ongoing enquiries will consider the way in which the task was planned, the suitability of the system of work used and the actions of the injured worker.

“The RAIB will publish a bulletin or report, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation.

“This will be available on the RAIB website.”

According to a Network Rail spokesman, the worker was taken to hospital and received treatment and has since been discharged.

The accident caused the line to be closed to allow the RAIB to investigate, with services between Worksop and Nottingham resuming at 2.22 pm.