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Fatal Accident at Stratford Station Under Investigation

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is conducting a comprehensive investigation into a tragic incident that occurred at Stratford Underground Station on December 26, 2023. The incident resulted in the fatal injury of a passenger who fell from a platform onto the tracks of the London Underground’s Jubilee line.

The unfortunate event unfolded around 2.45pm on that fateful day. The passenger, whose identity has not been disclosed, fell onto the track and was subsequently struck, potentially by multiple trains, before being discovered by station staff. Tragically, the accident led to fatal injuries.

The RAIB’s primary objective is to ascertain the sequence of events that culminated in this devastating incident. In the course of their investigation, they will also scrutinize:

  • The actions of all parties involved in the incident, and any factors that might have influenced their actions.
  • The management and training of the station staff involved in the accident, as well as their overall competence.
  • The existing safety protocols and measures are in place to manage and mitigate the risks associated with such accidents.
  • Any underlying management issues or systemic factors that may have played a role.

It is essential to emphasize that the RAIB’s investigation is entirely independent and distinct from any inquiries conducted by the railway industry or its regulatory body, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

The incident has been a sobering reminder of the critical importance of maintaining the safety and security of passengers on the London Underground network. The RAIB’s thorough investigation aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident, with the ultimate goal of preventing similar incidents in the future.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers and railway staff across the UK, and their work remains pivotal in enhancing the safety of the nation’s rail networks.

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