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Commendations for rail duo

PUBLISHED: 19:28 26 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

HEROIC railway workers who ignored their own injuries to help victims of the Blaxhall rail crash were honoured yesterday.

In an official ceremony at Ipswich railway station, train driver Nigel Fisher and guard Robert Williams were given written commendations by the court in praise of their actions.

HEROIC railway workers who ignored their own injuries to help victims of the Blaxhall rail crash were honoured yesterday.

In an official ceremony at Ipswich railway station, train driver Nigel Fisher and guard Robert Williams were given written commendations by the court in praise of their actions.

These two members of staff, despite being injured and in a state of severe shock, carried on with their duties."

The pair have also won bravery awards under Railtrack's national safety recognition scheme. Both were nominated in the category designed to reward a significant contribution to safety above and beyond the call of duty .

Chief superintendent Peter Hilton of the British Transport Police said he was very pleased to represent Ipswich Crown Court, in presenting the pair with the awards.

Mr Hilton said the pair had acted: "extremely professionally".

He added: "The crucial part of any incident is the reaction of the first people there. They made the place safe and they looked after people who were injured."

The crash occurred last April, when the train was involved in a collision with a lorry at a level crossing. Nine passengers were taken to hospital as a result of the incident.

Hacheston lorry driver Michael Read, 43, admitted dangerous driving and was banned for 12 months.

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