Level crossing crash: Motorist killed near Downham Market

Passenger Robert Sankey, from Downham Market, describes the train crash

A motorist was killed when his car collided with a passenger train at a level crossing close to the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border.

The Kia Sportage car was struck by the King's Lynn to London service near Downham Market, Norfolk, at 13:15 BST.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. About 70 people were on the train but no injuries have been reported.

The crash has led to disruption, with some trains terminating at Cambridge.

The train involved was the 12:56 BST King's Lynn to King's Cross service.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Police are currently working to establish the full circumstances, including how the car came to be on the tracks."

'Horrendous bang'

A spokesman for First Capital Connect said the level crossing, between Downham Market and Littleport, was on a private road.

Network Rail said the crossing was "user-worked", meaning people were responsible for opening and closing the gate.

"The crossing goes across a private road in farmland and serves a few houses," said a Network Rail spokesman.

"It has a number of registered users and other members of the public are not allowed to use it."

Passenger Robert Sankey, 65, from Downham Market, described hearing a "horrendous bang".

"The train eventually came to a halt," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I've had a look outside and the car is impaled on the front of the train."

He said passengers were "calm" and waiting to be taken off the train.

The train, which was not derailed, was slightly damaged and came to a halt a short distance from the crossing.

Arrangements were being made to take passengers to their destinations by bus.

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