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Charges considered after Blackpool tram death

Maureen Foxwell

Prosecutors are considering whether to charge a tram driver following the death of a pensioner who was knocked down on Blackpool promenade last year.

Maureen Foxwell, 70, of Trinant, south Wales, was on holiday with her husband when she was struck by the tram near the Norbreck stop on 5 August.

It follows a report into the incident by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

The report recommended speed limits be brought in across the tram network.

The RAIB found that the operator, Blackpool Transport Services (BTS), should also include a maximum speed for non-stopping trams passing through tram stops.

The report stated that the primary cause of the accident was the fact that Mrs Foxwell stepped out into the path of the tram.

It said: "All witness evidence indicates that the couple were crossing the tracks together and that on becoming aware of the approaching tram, the husband looked up and stopped, but his wife continued forwards into the path of the tram and was struck."

A spokesman for BTS said it was unable to comment.

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