Passengers could have been killed walking alongside live electric track in stranded London Overground train evacuation, RAIB says
Passengers on a London Overground train could have died when evacuated and asked to walk alongside live rail lines, the rail accident investigator has found.
On 7 November 2017, around 80 people, including children, had to walk 30m on an overgrown path alongside the live track in wet and slippery conditions when the Overground service from Dalston Junction to Battersea Park came to a standstill shortly before reaching Peckham Rye station due to a fault which caused the train’s brakes to apply, with the driver unable to release them.
The train driver spoke over the radio system to the service controller, train technicians, and the signaller. Following these conversations, he began to evacuate the passengers from the train via a door at the front of the vehicle.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found that the evacuation of the train— which was ran by Arriva Rail London and held 450 people in total— involved passengers climbing down vertical steps to ground level, very close to the 750-volt live electric conductor rail (third rail) and walking along the line to Peckham Rye station. Passengers could have been killed walking alongside live electric track in stranded London Overground train evacuation, RAIB says