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Joe Tarbert defends in railway crash


Joe Tarbert defended the driver of a vehicle who lost control on a level crossing in Wokingham. An oncoming train collided with the car causing considerable damage and risk to life. In sentencing the Defendant HHJ Nott made clear that it was “only luck” that prevented the train derailing and serious injury and loss of life being caused. The collision resulted in over £50,000 worth of damage to the train and estimates for the cost of delays caused to the rail network more widely were estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of pounds. No orders for costs or compensation were made and the Defendant was sentenced to 10-months in prison. 

Joe was instructed by Trudi Burlton at PPG Law. 

The collision prompted considerable press attention: Bracknell NewsBBC NewsMetro News, and Wokingham Paper

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