South West Wales

Carmarthenshire train crash: Oswald Davies guilty plea

The lorry alongside the train
Image caption This police image shows the vehicle alongside the train

A hay lorry driver accused of causing a crash with a train has pleaded guilty to endangering the lives of passengers.

The collision happened on 19 December last year when the train hit the lorry at the Henllan Amgoed railway crossing in Carmarthenshire.

Swansea Crown Court heard that Oswald Huw Davies, 49, of Llanboidy, had got out of his cab seconds before the collision.

He is due to appear before the court for sentencing on 26 October.

During a short plea hearing, the court was told that Davies pleaded guilty on the basis of neglect.

The court heard that Network Rail vehicles parked alongside the crossing forced Mr Davies to veer right and he failed to see the lights warning that a train was on its way.

A railway accident report also mentioned that the lights on the crossing were not properly aligned.

The court heard that when the barriers came down Davies thought it was Network Rail staff messing about.

He got out of his cab to remonstrate and seconds later the train hit the lorry, the court was told.

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