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« on: October 12, 2021, 11:24:29 am »

A London Overground Class 710 has hit the buffer stop at Enfield Town this morning, 12th October 2021, causing minor injuries to two people.


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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2021, 10:07:46 pm »

Surprised this hasn't been posted earlier, apologies if it has. Looks nasty and could have been far more serious....
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2021, 10:27:44 pm »

Surprised this hasn't been posted earlier, apologies if it has. Looks nasty and could have been far more serious....

It had been posted earlier, but on a different board. I have merged the topics with the original title, but on the Transport for London board.

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2022, 09:39:15 am »

The driver has now appeared in court on a charge of "endangering the safety of a person conveyed or being in or upon the railway". From the Evening Standard:
By Tristan KirkCourts Correspondent

The driver of a London Overground train which crashed through the buffers in Enfield has been charged with falling asleep at the controls, a court heard.

Erkan Mehmet, 40, was at the helm of the morning service from Liverpool Street station to Enfield Town which derailed on October 12 last year.

Following an investigation, the driver has now been charged with endangering the safety of passengers on the train and allegedly being unfit for work through drink or drugs.

Mehmet appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates court on Monday, when his case was sent to Inner London crown court to be heard.

According to the charges, Mehmet, from Waltham Abbey in Essex, is accused “by a wilful omission or neglect, namely fell asleep whilst the driver of a train service” of “endangering the safety of a person conveyed or being in or upon the railway”.

The RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) are still "investigating" this, and presumably nothing will now be published until after the court proceedings.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2023, 03:07:52 pm »

The RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) are still "investigating" this, and presumably nothing will now be published until after the court proceedings.

The RAIB published their report today. The accompanying announcement says:

At 08:21 hrs on Tuesday 12 October 2021, an Arriva Rail London (ARL) train hit the buffer stop at Enfield Town station in North London at 7.7 mph (12 km/h). The train struck the buffer stop, which was damaged in the collision, and rode up on it, coming to a rest with its leading wheels about 800 mm above the rails. No serious injuries resulted from the accident. The train had been travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) when it was 69 metres from the buffer stop. After briefly applying the brakes, the driver made no further control actions for just over seven seconds, until they made an emergency brake application just before the train hit the buffer stop. This occurred too late to prevent the collision.

The accident occurred because the driver of the train did not apply the brakes in time, as a result of him losing awareness of the driving task. The loss of awareness was probably a result of him being significantly fatigued at the time. Post-accident drug and alcohol tests of the driver also yielded a positive result for a recreational drug. The driver had not reported his fatigue to his employer, who in turn had not identified his fatigue when he signed on duty, or that his personal circumstances made him vulnerable to fatigue. There was also a potential conflict between his employer’s processes for ensuring that staff attended for duty and for managing levels of staff fatigue.

None of the engineered systems provided automatically applied the train’s brakes, as the conditions for their intervention were not met. In particular, the Train Protection and Warning System did not activate because the train was travelling below the speed at which the system would be triggered on approach to the buffer stop. This system was installed in compliance with the relevant standards but did not protect against the conditions leading to this accident.


RAIB has made two recommendations. The first is addressed to ARL and relates to encouraging staff to report fatigue that could affect their ability to do their jobs safely. The second, addressed to Network Rail in conjunction with RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), seeks to improve the risk assessment process for collisions with buffer stops at terminal platforms.

RAIB also identified three learning points. The first reminds Network Rail and train companies that engineered safeguards do not protect against all events, and that operational controls may also be required to manage risk. The second reminds train staff of the importance of reporting fatigue when it affects their ability to work safely. The third reminds staff of the need to comply with their employer’s drug and alcohol policies.


This investigation was completed in November 2022. Having received representations from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) about ongoing legal proceedings, RAIB decided not to place a copy of the final investigation report on its website at that time. The status of those proceedings has now changed.

However, to allow the rail industry to start acting on RAIB’s safety recommendations immediately, RAIB sent embargoed copies of its final report to other public bodies, the rail industry and the parties involved at the time the investigation was completed.

I have heard that the bolded sentence refers to the court case which has led to a guilty verdict on the driver, who will be sentenced tomorrow (though I can't find any report of that).
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