Norfolk

London-bound train hits tractor at Norfolk level crossing

  • 25 September 2011
  • From the section Norfolk

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash involving a train and a tractor in Norfolk.

The collision took place on a level crossing near Hamlin Way at Saddlebow, King's Lynn shortly before 10:30 BST.

The tractor driver, a 29-year-old man, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, and the train driver was treated at the scene.

The train involved was the 10:10 BST First Capital Connect service from King's Lynn to King's Cross, London.

About 40 passengers were on the train, but none was injured.

Train upright

A spokeswoman for First Capital Connect said: "Together with Network Rail we are working to limit the disruption for the rest of the day.

"Customers are advised to check the website and allow extra time for their journey."

Buses will replace trains between King's Lynn and Ely and delays are expected.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said some passengers were still on the train and would remain there until electricity had been isolated.

Overhead cables had been damaged and engineers were on the scene, she added.

A British Transport Police spokesman said the train remained upright and on the tracks following the collision with the tractor, which was towing a trailer containing vegetables.

"Officers will now be working to establish the full circumstances, including how the tractor came to be on the tracks at the time of the collision," he said.

"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has also been notified."

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