A court date for the prosecution of Great Western Trains on charges of Corporate Manslaughter has been set for 28
June 1999 at the Central Criminal Court.
The charges relate to the deaths of 7 people who were travelling in a GWT Intercity 125 train which crashed in September 1997. The High Speed Train was en route from Cardiff to London and just 10 minutes from its destination when it collided with an empty freight train that was crossing its path. One hundred and sixty people were injured.
The driver of the train is also to appear in court on the same date charged with manslaughter.
The Inquiry into the accident was opened and adjourned on 24 February 1998. It has not been able to proceed with its investigations because of the pending prosecutions. In December 1998 the chairman of the Inquiry, Prof. John Uff announced that the proceedings would re-open on 20 September this year.
The terms of reference of the Inquiry state
"The purpose of the inquiry is to determine why the accident happened, and in particular to ascertain the cause or causes, to identify any lessons which have relevance for those with responsibilities for securing railway safety and to make recommendations."
Source: Health & Safety Executive
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