Friday, October 15, 2021

Two injured in level crossing accident between train and tractor

Police said two people were injured in an accident between a train and a tractor at a level crossing.

The incident took place near March Cambridgeshire at around 9.10 am on Thursday.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “The drivers of the train and tractor were checked by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.

Thankfully no one has suffered any serious injuries.”

Three wagons of the goods train derailed and they have to be recovered.

Passenger services between Ely and Peterborough are expected to remain disrupted for the rest of the day.

Network Rail had already placed the Kisby Level crossing – where the accident occurred – in one of its highest risk categories due to its frequent use by people and trains, and glare from the sun.

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The crossing is operated by its users rather than by automatic barriers.

About 186 trains pass through it daily at a maximum allowed speed of 75 mph.

“We are on site with emergency services and working with all parties to fully understand the situation,” said Richard Tew, Network Rail’s head of security for Anglia.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said an ambulance, ambulance officer and air ambulance had been dispatched to the scene.

The Rail and Road Office sent a team of safety inspectors.

by Neil Lancefield

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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