Overground driver ‘on drink or drugs’ in Enfield Town crash

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Two people were injured when a train carrying around 50 passengers crashed through buffers at Enfield Town station  (PA Media)
Two people were injured when a train carrying around 50 passengers crashed through buffers at Enfield Town station (PA Media)

An Overground train driver has been arrested and suspended after he smashed his train through the barriers - inches away from Enfield Town station - while allegedly unfit to work through drink or drugs.

Two people were treated for injuries after an Overground train crashed through buffers in Enfield on Tuesday October 12.

Firefighters evacuated 50 commuters as the train remained upright but came off the tracks and stopped just short of hitting a station building.

A 39-year-old man from Essex has since been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of endangering railway safety and being unfit to work “through drink or drugs”.

A spokesperson for Arriva Rail London said: “We cannot comment on this criminal case, but we can confirm that the driver involved in the low-speed collision at Enfield Town station has been suspended following a positive test for drugs or alcohol.

“We also continue to provide every assistance to the investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

Two people were injured in the crash (London Fire Brigade/PA) (PA Media)
Two people were injured in the crash (London Fire Brigade/PA) (PA Media)

“We have a zero-tolerance policy to drugs and alcohol and will always put the safety of our customers and colleagues first.”

A statement from the British Transport Police said: “A 39-year-old man from Essex was arrested 26 October in connection to an incident at Enfield Town station on 12 October, where a train crashed into the buffer stops.

“The driver of the train was arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of the railway and being unfit to work on a transport system through drink or drugs.

“He has been released on bail until 19th November, and detectives continue to make enquiries into the incident.”

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