Cumbria crash train was out of control

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The driver in the Virgin Pendolino train crash in Cumbria has told an inquest he had "no control" of the 95mph locomotive carrying 105 people once it had derailed.

Iain Black, 50, was speaking at the inquest into the death of Margaret Masson, 84, from Glasgow, who died when the London-to-Glasgow express crashed near Kendal at 8.12pm on 23 February 2007.

Accident investigators found that the train had gone over a "degraded and unsafe" set of points.

"Had I noticed the points out of synch, I could not [have stopped] the train," Mr Black said. The hearing continues.