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Judge sums up as Hatfield trial resumes


THE HATFIELD rail crash trial has resumed after a three week summer break.

The judge will spend this week summing up the case, which began in February, before the jury retires to consider its verdict.

Network Rail track engineer Keith Lea, area asset manager Sean Fugill, and asset manager Alistair Cook plead not guilty to breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act following the fatal derailment in October 2000.

Balfour Beatty regional director Anthony Walker and civil engineer Nicolas Jeffries also plead not guilty to breaches of the Act, as does the company Network Rail.

Balfour Beatty, meanwhile, admitted to breaches of the Act in July (NCE 21 July) after accepting that there had been faults with track inspection regimes leading up to the crash.

Manslaughter charges against all defendants have been dropped. The trial continues.

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