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One dead as car hit by train.


ONE person died yesterday after a train hit a car on a level crossing.

The incident happened on the crossing near Athelney in Somerset, which is on the line between Taunton and Castle Cary.

The incident caused disruption to rail services and operator First Great Western was using a limited bus replacement service between Taunton and Westbury.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "Shortly before 6.30am this morning BTP was called to reports of a car having been struck by a train at Athelney automatic half barrier level crossing.

"The train involved is the 0546 Exeter to London Paddington service.

"The train has not been derailed and there are no reports of any injuries to anyone on board.

"The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are currently stopped in the area."

Witnesses said the barriers at the level crossing were lowered when the car drove on to the track.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "There are 45 people on board, comprising 37 passengers and eight train crew.

"The train has not derailed and no passengers or crew were injured.

"The car is badly damaged and is under the leading power car".

RMT transport union general secretary Bob Crow said: "This latest, shocking fatality will once again shine the spotlight on safety issues at level crossings.

"RMT has been campaigning for many years to speed up the phasingout of level crossings which are a 19th century solution in an age of high-speed railways.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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