Royston firm involved in horror train crash

THE sewage tanker that was involved in a horrendous train crash, that left 22 people injured, was owned by a local company.

JK Environmental Services, based in Kneesworth, owned the slurry tanker that was struck by a two carriage diesel train near the small village of Bures, in Suffolk, on Tuesday.

The accident took place on an unmanned level crossing and derailed the first carriage of the train and split the tanker, spilling sewage across the scene.

The truck driver, Lithuanian Arvydas Bartasius, was charged with endangering safety on the railway at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court and remanded on conditional bail until October 1.

It is estimated that the 5.31pm National Express train was traveling between 50-60mph when it collided with the tanker.

A 58-year-old passenger remains in a serious but stable condition at Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Mr Bartasius is believed to have a cracked vertebrae.

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JK Environmental Services declined to comment but passed the Crow to APW Investigations.

The firm have been appointed by the environmental company’s insurance provider to investigate the incident.

Spokesperson Tony Wappner said: “No comment can be made at the present time.

“It’s very early days for the investigation and we are still collecting what we need.

“We can’t make any comment what so ever.”