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Passenger trains collide at Lewes station

  : Tuesday, October 19, 1999
A passenger train collided with an empty train at Lewes in East Sussex yesterday (19 Oct). There is speculation that
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it might have passed a red signal.

One person received minor injuries.

The accident occured at 19:24 at a junction near Lewes station. A London to Hastings train struck the side of the empty train which had formed the Brighton - Seaford service and was returning to the depot. The passenger train was travelling slowly, probably less than 15 mph according to British Transport Police.

The passenger train was the 17:53 London, Victoria to Hastings and was carrying just 10 passengers. Both trains are operated by Connex South Central.

The deputy prime minister, John Prescott has ordered an inquiry.

This latest incident comes less than 2 weeks after two trains were involved in a head-on collision near London's Paddington station in which at least 30 people died. Since that accident there have been numerous calls for safety procedures to be improved on Britain's railways. Earlier in the day, a new independent transport commission highlighted a need for improved planning to avoid disasters such as the Paddington tragedy.
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