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Woman whose car was hit by a train on a level crossing claims £800,000 in damages.


Rail crossing crash victim claims damages

Published Date: 10 November 2010  From The Scotsman. Further information is available on subscription. If you wish to read the stroy in full you can click on the link below to see subscription options: http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Rail-crossing-crash-victim-claims.6619753.jp
A WOMAN who survived a rail crash at a controversial level crossing which has claimed other lives went to court yesterday to demand damages.
Sarah Jappy, 33, was pregnant when a ScotRail passenger train hit the car she was driving on an errand for her employer.

She told the Court of Session in Edinburgh that she woke up in hospital asking her sister: "Where am I?" But despite suffering extensive injuries, her daughter was born unharmed seven months later.

Ms Jappy, of Thurso, is suing Network Rail Infrastructure, claiming that the flashing lights warning of a train's approach were inadequate in bright sun. If she can convince the court that Network Rail are at fault, lawyers have agreed that Ms Jappy will receive £800,000.

But judge Lord Brailsford has to decide whether that figure should be reduced because she was partly to blame for the accident on 18 October, 2002.




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