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Details of the Accident

Place Shalmsford Street Level Crossing
Date Wednesday 15th July 1970, 10.07 a.m
Railway Company British Railways (Southern Region)
No. of Fatalities 2
Cause of Accident Collision at crossing
Description The level crossing which was provided with gates opening away from the railway was temporarily manned by a crossing keeper because it was being used by lorries belonging to a firm of gravel contractors moving unwashed gravel from pits north of the railway (on the Down side) to plant on the south (Up) side. It was the crossing keeper's duty to ask the signalman's permission to open the gates to road traffic and to inform the signalman when they were again shut and the crossing clear. At 10.02 such a request was made and a lorry passed over from the Down to the Up side, but the crossing keeper took the opportunity of the open gates to carry a bundle of wood from the Down side to his hut on the Up side, and he then closed only the Up side gate before telephoning the signalman and telling him that both gates were shut and the crossing clear. A few minutes later a loaded lorry arrived on the Down side and entered the crossing although the Up side gate was still closed, and was hit by an empty 4 car electric multiple-unit (EMU) train travelling at about 55 m.p.h. on the Up line.

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List of Fatalities

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The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales), Statutory Register (Scotland), General Register Northern Ireland or Civil Registration for Ireland reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR/GRONI/GROIE Reference
CAINJohn67Lorry driver, 1970/Sep Canterbury 6f 245 (b. 5 Mar 1903)
GOODGAMEJoseph James30Train guard, 1970/Sep Canterbury 6f 245 (b. 6 Jun 1940)