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Inquiry into runaway rail trolley crash.

A RUNAWAY railway trolley filled with half a tonne of stone ballast smashed through wooden level crossing gates at a railway station.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the government agency working to improve railway safety.

Track workers were using an un-braked trolley to transport ballast near the East Lancashire Railway, north of Ramsbottom station, at around 11.15am on March 15.

The agency said pieces of stone ballast were used as improvised brakes as the trolley was loaded.

But when the ballast was removed and three workers began to move the trolley downhill towards the station, it ran away from them and they were unable to stop it.

The trolley continued south, struck the crossing's wooden gates and derailed. The road was open to traffic at the time, but no one was injured.

The RAIB said its investigation would determine a number of aspects around the work being carried out.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Apr 11, 2018
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