13 February 2009
Injured train driver receives £41k in compensation
A train driver who suffered both physical and mental injuries at work has been awarded £41,000 in compensation.
The amount was agreed in an out-of-court settlement with his former employer, EWS Railways, a freight train operator which runs services across the UK and into Europe.
Frank Dolan was driving a recovery train to retrieve a broken-down freight service, which was situated about a mile south of Carlisle's main railway station on the West Coast Mainline in August 2004, when the accident occurred.
He was positioned in his train along with three colleagues about half a mile from the broken down service when it became apparent that the broken train's brakes had failed and it was heading towards them apace, local paper the News & Star reports.
The workers were forced to escape from the train and, in the process, Mr Dolan broke a number of ribs.
Commenting on the experience, he said: "It was always my ambition to work on the railways and I achieved that, but as a result of this accident I'll never work on a train again. It's been four years now and I still get flashbacks."