Incident directory

1970 - Cadmore Lane Level Crossing

14/04/1970

Country:

UK

  • Rail Incidents

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Description

Date of event

14th April 1970.

Time of event

Unknown at this time (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

Cadmore Lane, Level Crossing.

Location

Chestnut, Hertfordshire, England.

Service area

Hertfordshire Fire Brigade (HFB), now Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Nature of incident

Road traffic collision involving appliance and train.

Property type

Railway line and level crossing.

Premises use

Level crossing for vehicles and foot traffic.

Construction type and materials

Steel and wood.

Occupancy

Members of public and staff.

Fire source and location of fire

Not relevant.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

Hertfordshire Fire Brigade (HFB) were called to an incident on the 14th April, 1970. En-route to the incident an appliance crossed a level crossing and a collision between a train and the appliance occurred. A Sub Officer (SubO) was killed as a result of the incident (House & Settle et al, 2016).

The SubO, aged 28, ‘was killed and two firemen were injured when this appliance was struck by a train on an unmanned level crossing at Cheshunt in April’. ‘An inquest jury has now returned a verdict of "accidental death," reports CFO G. V. Blackstone’. ‘Evidence was given that a letter from British Railways to the CFO contained information about the use of a telephone at the crossing’. ‘This letter was not received at brigade headquarters, but a subsequent letter listed safety precautions to be observed when taking a vehicle over the crossing’. ‘This did not include any instructions for the use of the telephone’. ‘Returning its verdict the jury added a rider that adequate signs and posts should be provided and that the telephone should be used on all occasions’ (Blackstone, 1970).

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Image courtesy of and from Fire, (Blackstone, 1970).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Hertfordshire Constabulary Incident Report/s

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East of England Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc and/or Related Government Correspondence

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2017). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance [online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. With the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Blackstone, G. V. (1970). Sub officer dies in crossing crash. Fire. (October). Page 224.

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Service learning material

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