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Railtrack 'no case to answer' over Hatfield

CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER charges against former rail operator Railtrack over the fatal Hatfield rail crash were dismissed last week because of a lack of evidence.

Charges of manslaughter and health and safety breaches against Railtrack London North East Zone director Nick Pollard were also been dismissed.

At a pre-trial hearing the judge, Mr Justice MacKay, ruled that the company had no case to answer.

Charges under the Health & Safety at Work Act against Railtrack safety and operations director Chris Leah and Gerald Corbett, chief executive of the firm at the time were also dismissed.

The judge held that there was no evidence to support the prosecution case that Corbett had placed performance or profit before safety.

Five other employees of Railtrack, now Network Rail, and rail maintenance firm Balfour Beatty still face manslaughter charges. Four Balfour Beatty engineers face health and safety charges and Balfour Beatty faces a charge of corporate manslaughter.

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