Crash crossing gets camera coverage
ENFORCEMENT cameras are to be installed on the level crossing where a train hit a hay lorry to catch anyone trying to jump the lights.
Last October lorry driver Oswald Davies, 49, of Castell Pigyn, Llanboidy, pleaded guilty to endangering the lives of passengers after he crossed the train line on December 19, 2011.
Seven rail passengers were injured in the smash as bales of hay were scattered across the line.
Swansea Crown Court heard Davies was crossing the line in a lorry with a trailer full of hay when the safety barrier came down on the other side.
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The train driver travelling from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire to Manchester could not stop in time after spotting the lorry stranded on the track.
The train was travelling at 60mph.
Davies is due to be sentenced on February 22.
Following the crash investigation and prosecution, Network Rail says "red light enforcement cameras will be fitted at the next opportunity".
A spokesman added: "Network Rail arranged a site visit to Llanboidy Level Crossing with Charles Twitchett, of the Office of Rail Regulation on January 22.
"The purpose of the visit was to review the current arrangements at the crossing following a recommendation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to adjust one of the road traffic lights.
"No other substantial work is planned for the next 10 years."
County councillor Sue Allen said it was good news for the area.
"I welcome all the safety measures that Network Rail can put in place," she said.
"It is essential we avoid accidents, especially when we've got a train and traffic crossing each other's paths."
Councillor Allen said she had emailed Network Rail to suggest trains whistled when approaching the crossing.
"Most of these little crossings are in quiet rural areas and if you have the train whistle, it will help.
"Anything that helps is an improvement for traffic safety and train passenger safety."