Car hit by train at Stowmarket rail crossing

A motorist escaped serious injury after fleeing his car moments before it was hit by a passenger train near to a level crossing in Suffolk.

The man, in his late-30s, crashed through a fence in Stowmarket Road, Old Newton, and on to the track.

Police said the Vauxhall Astra car was struck by a Cambridge to Ipswich train at about 19:40 GMT on Wednesday.

Train services were delayed while the wreckage was removed.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the man managed to escape from his vehicle about two minutes before it was struck by the train.

The man, thought to be from the Stowmarket area, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with a minor head injury, the spokesman said.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said 24 passengers on the train, along with its driver, escaped unscathed.

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