Collision at a Level Crossing

A lorry making a delivery to a recycling site that could only be accessed by the use of an unmanned level crossing, was struck by a passenger train as it crossed the level crossing.

Multiple claims arose from the collision: from the passengers on the train, some of whom were severely injured; from the train company whose train was extensively damaged and from the company operating the track.

These claims were not just against the lorry driver and his employers but also against the company operating the recycling plant.

At the mediation it was possible to resolve the dispute between two of the parties, which then provided the framework for settling all of the other claims. Without the agreement reached at the mediation, it would have been necessary for several litigated claims to have been brought to resolve the various claims arising from the accident.