Manslaughter charges against Railtrack dropped

Charges
of manslaughter against Railtrack
and one of its executives over the Hatfield rail crash have been dropped.

Former
chief executive, Gerald Corbett, claimed he had taken responsibility for the
fatal crash by resigning immediately. But, he said, he was not personally
culpable.

The
judge dismissed manslaughter charges against Charles Pollard, 45, director of
the London
north eastern zone of Railtrack,
and a health and safety charge against Christopher Leah, 55, director of safety
and operations at Railtrack.

Rail
maintenance firm Balfour Beatty and several of its executives at the time of
the rail crash still face various charges of manslaughter due to gross
negligence and offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Quentin Reade

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