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Train driver arrested after “testing positive for cocaine when he crashed into station buffers” – .

fr24news– A train driver was arrested after he tested “positive for cocaine” when he crashed a commuter train in the buffers of north London and left two injured.

The 39-year-old, from Essex, who has not been named, crashed the eight-car London Overground train earlier this month at Enfield Town station in the north of the capital, around 8:15 am. He had left Liverpool Street around 7.45 am.

He was said to have been an “experienced” driver, but during a routine blood test it was alleged that traces of cocaine were found.

The eight-car London Overground train (pictured), which derailed earlier this month at Enfield Town station in the capital’s north around 8.15am. Driver was arrested on Tuesday after testing ‘positive’ for cocaine

 

The 39-year-old, from Essex, who has not been named, is said to be an ‘experienced’ driver, but in a routine blood test it is alleged that traces of cocaine were found

At the time, Station Commander Jim O’Neill, who was at the scene, said: “The train hit the buffers at the station, which is at the end of the line, and went overhead. ” (Photo)

A source told The Sun: “It shocked his colleagues because this is a very serious incident.

“Fortunately by the time the train hit the buffers it had slowed down and somehow managed to stay upright. ”

The driver was arrested by police on Tuesday and detained “on suspicion of endangering the safety of the railway and of being unfit to work on a transport system by alcohol or drugs”.

He has now been released on bail until November 19 and has reportedly been suspended by his employer, Arriva Rail London.

At the time of the accident, the driver was said to have been in “shock” and two people were treated for “minor injuries”.

A spokesperson for the UK Transport Police said at the time of the incident: ‘Officers were called to Enfield Town at 8:20 am following reports that a train had struck the buffer stops at the station .

“Two people, including the driver, were checked by paramedics at the scene. As usual, the driver took a breathalyzer test and breathed negative. We are staying put while investigations continue.

TfL’s managing director for London Overground, Rory O’Neill, described the incident at the time as a ‘low speed collision with a buffer’ and said there would be a full investigation ‘to establish how this had happened ”.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “At around 8:20 am a train struck the buffer stops in Enfield Town at low speed.

“The driver is being treated for shock and there are reports of some minor injuries. “

Under section 27 of the Transport and Works Act 1992, the driver can face up to six months imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine if unfit due to alcohol consumption or drugs.

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