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Regulator prosecutes Network Rail for Grayrigg train derailment

Network Rail is facing prosecution over a derailment near Grayrigg in 2007, which killed one woman and injured 86.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has now started criminal proceedings over the accident following the completion of the coroner’s inquest into the death of Mrs Margaret Masson.

Network Rail is facing a charge under section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This results from the company’s failure to provide and implement suitable and sufficient standards, procedures, guidance, training, tools and resources for the inspection and maintenance of fixed stretcher-bar points.

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