York & North Yorkshire

Malton rail level crossing crash death victim named

Eric Ireland Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Eric Ireland was killed when a train hit the car he was in at the crossing

A 77-year-old man who was killed when his car was struck by a train at a rural level crossing in North Yorkshire has been named.

Eric Ireland from Moorsholme in Scampston died at Ivy Lea rail crossing in Scampston, near Malton on Wednesday, according to British Transport Police.

No passengers were injured but the train driver was treated for shock.

The train involved was the 08:48 Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street TransPennine Express Service.

Ch Insp Derek O'Mara from British Transport Police said the force was still investigating the collision.

"Officers are working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the vehicle came to be on the tracks at the time, and are working closely with colleagues from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to determine exactly what led to the collision," he said.

The crash happened on a farm track, which crosses a country estate.

Image caption The car was struck by the train on a farm track crossing in Scampston on Wednesday

Network Rail said the crossing was what it calls a "user-worked crossing", meaning anyone wanting to cross the line has to telephone for permission first.

The company said it was "in discussions" with the landowner to close the crossing.

Eight crossings have been closed on the York to Scarborough line in the last five years.

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