Woman detained after train hits car at Yarnton level crossing

The crossing on Sandy Lane in Yarnton
Image caption The crash happened at the crossing on Sandy Lane in Yarnton

A woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act after the car she was driving was hit by a train at a level crossing in Oxfordshire.

The crash happened on the crossing at Sandy Lane in Yarnton, Kidlington, just after 16:30 GMT on Tuesday.

The woman, who is in her 40s and from Banbury, had driven the VW Golf on to the tracks.

She was cut free by the emergency services and taken to hospital, but was not seriously hurt.

Road closed

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "The train involved, the 2.45pm Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Cross Country service, remained upright and on the tracks.

"There were no reported injuries to the 100 passengers on board the train."

The woman remains in hospital for an assessment.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) have been informed, he added.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and have urged anyone with information to contact British Transport Police.

The road was closed on Tuesday evening and rail services between Oxford and Banbury were suspended.

In January, 85-year-old Thomas Pizzey from Banbury was killed when his car was in a crash with a freight train at the same location.

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