Man admits causing train accident

Published date: 11 June 2012 |
Published by: Dominic Robertson
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Daniel Bellis of Oswestry admitted a charge of endangering the life of people using the railway 

A MAN has admitted causing a train crash which took place near Carno last year.

Daniel Bellis, 35, of Lorne Street, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to a charge of ‘endangering the safety of people using the railway’ when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.

However, Crown Court Judge Merfyn Hughes QC, was highly critical of the prosecution’s decision to drop a charge of dangerous driving.

Judge Hughes said he would reluctantly leave that charge on the file but was not impressed by ‘pleas of convenience’.

Bellis admitted that on February 16 he failed to use an access phone before attempting to cross the railway line in a Ford Transit van, endangering the safety of people traveling on the railway.

He denied a charge of driving the Transit dangerously on a track off the A470 near Carno.

The judge said that he would leave the dangerous driving on the file.

A medical report from the defendant's GP and a victim impact statement from the train driver will now be taken before sentence could take place.

The judge agreed to bail Bellis but warned he could not rule out the possibility of a custodial sentence.

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