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Train Level Crossing Car Crash In Suffolk Sees Man Seriously Injured

29/06/2013 15:52 BST | Updated 29/08/2013 10:12 BST
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Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday May 7 File photo dated 01/12/12 of a general view of level crossing at Wedgwood train station in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, as rail safety teams will host more than 100 events across Britain today to highlight the dangers of ignoring proper procedures at level crossings.

A driver has been seriously injured after his car was hit by a train on a level crossing.

The incident happened at North Green in Saxmundham, Suffolk, at about 10am.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "On arrival at the scene, the emergency services discovered one man, believed to be in his 20s, inside the car - a red Corsa - with injuries which are believed to be serious. He has been taken to hospital.

"None of the 70 passengers and crew on board the train, a Greater Anglia 0907hrs Lowestoft -Ipswich service, was injured.

"The train, which was travelling at about 45mph at the time of the collision, remained upright and on the tracks.

"An investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

"The crossing at Saxmundham has no barriers but has warning lights to inform train drivers and vehicle drivers when it is safe to proceed. Part of the ongoing investigation will be to establish whether all warning lights and functions at the crossing were fully operational.

"The railway line was handed back to Network Rail at 12.31pm."

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information which can assist, is asked to contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference 172 of 29/06/13.