The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) says an investigation is underway into a serious injury sustained by a passenger alighting from a train at Loughborough Central station, Great Central Railway, 14 January 2023.
In a release the RAIB said: “At around 11:49 hrs on 14 January 2023, a passenger lost their footing and sustained a serious injury while alighting from a train at Loughborough Central station on the Great Central Railway.
“The Great Central Railway is a heritage railway and the passenger train involved was formed of historic rolling stock. The accident occurred just after the train had stopped and as the passenger was alighting from the leading door of the train’s leading coach.
“The train stopped in a position which meant that this door was adjacent to the ramped part of the platform, which is not intended for public use. The passenger lost their footing and sustained their injuries while they were stepping down from the coach and onto the platform ramp.”
The RAIB says its investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will also consider:
- the actions of those involved and anything which may have influenced them
- the methods of working used when trains call at Loughborough Central station, including the status of the platform train interface
- the arrangements in place to manage and control the risks associated with passengers boarding and alighting from trains on the Great Central Railway
- any underlying management factors.
The RAIB added: “Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.
“We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.”
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