Mr. Alan Lee Williams
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement regarding the level crossing accident at Rainham, Essex, on 20th February 1976, involving a train and a car.
§ Dr. Gilbert
At 07.00 on Friday 20th February, in damp foggy conditions, the 06.35 electric train from Liverpool Street to Southend ran through the gate at Rainham Mudland Manor Way level crossing, striking and severely damaging a private motor car that was using the crossing. I regret to say that the crossing keeper, who was preparing to close the gates against road traffic, was seriously injured and that the car driver was taken to hospital; but he was not detained. British Railways have reported the accident to the Department and are holding an internal inquiry, the findings of which will be made available to the Railway Inspectorate.