Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

17 Years on, Driver's Conviction for Purley Train Crash Is Quashed; in the Clear: Robert Morgan in 1990 after His Conviction for Manslaughter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

17 Years on, Driver's Conviction for Purley Train Crash Is Quashed; in the Clear: Robert Morgan in 1990 after His Conviction for Manslaughter

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

A LONDON train driver who was found guilty of manslaughter 17 years agoover a crash in which five passengers died had his conviction quashed today.

Robert Morgan, 64, wept at hearing the ruling but the widow of a man who diedreacted angrily outside court.

Mr Morgan was at the controls of a Littlehampton to Victoria Express when itwent through a red signal outside Purley station on 4 March 1989.

It smashed into the rear of a Horsham to Victoria service before rolling downthe embankment, also injuring 87 people, many seriously.

But the Court of Appeal ruled today that the original Old Bailey trial was nottold about difficulties with signal No 168. It had been passed at red bydifferent drivers four times before the crash. That, and changes tointerpretation of the law made it "unsafe" for Mr Morgan's conviction to remainsaid Lord Justice Latham. Mr Morgan, from Littlehampton, who is still employedby the rail industry but retires next month, said "I am overwhelmed. …

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