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On -Track trolley transporter brakes fail and it runs 6 miles in near miss incident

Railway workers narrowly escape runaway transporters

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 05, 2014

A group of railway workers escaped unscathed when railway transporters broke free and ran for six miles along a line in Neath Port Talbot.

The 'Iron man' transporters were being used to move a 52-foot long section of rail when they broke free, running between Pantyffynnon Junction and Gwaen-Cae-Gurwen.

Two workers applied the brakes on the transporters but they failed, forcing the staff to jump out of the way.

"After being unable to physically stop the trolleys the staff jumped clear, with one member of staff sustaining a graze to the head after falling on to the ballast," a Network Rail report stated.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for Network Rail added that the safety of its workers was a top priority and that a formal investigation was being conducted.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch noted that it was carrying out preliminary inquiries.

Commenting on the incident, general secretary of the RMT Mick Cash told reporters that it was "pure luck" no-one was injured or killed, but that the union was not willing to leave the safety of its members down to luck.

"Ten years after the Tebay disaster, where four RMT members lost their lives at Tebay in Cumbria, we are still awaiting the full roll-out of the warning device that we have been promised for years," he said.

Ruth Dawson / ruth.dawson@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruth_dawson

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