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The week the Hatfield case crumbled

Nick Jeffries believes the manslaughter case turned on the evidence of Network Rail head of track engineering David Ventry. A letter sent by Ventry to Balfour Beatty in December 1999 formed a key part of the prosecution case. In it, Ventry was alleged to have set out guidance for dealing with gauge corner cracking (GCC), the phenomenon that caused the rail break resulting in the fatal derailment.

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