December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
BRITISH Transport Police have named the man due to appear in court after a car was engulfed in flames following a collision involving a train at a Suffolk crossing.
Joshua Smith, of Mill Rise, Saxmundham, has been summonsed before North East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Lowestoft.
A charge of dangerous driving will be formally laid against the 21-year-old at the hearing.
Smith has been informed of his requirement to appear in court after a summons was sent to his address.
Smith’s vehicle burst into flames at the North Green crossing at Kelsale, near Saxmundham at around 10am on June 29.
It was involved in a collision with the 9.07am train from Lowestoft to Ipswich.
Smith was trapped in the car, but helped out of the vehicle by 49-year-old Paul Sheridan, who lived nearby and worked at the Cliff House Holiday Park in Dunwich.
Shortly afterwards Mr Sheridan said: “I think adrenaline just took over. The door was stuck so I yanked it open. He (the driver) was hanging out the door but still trapped in the car.
“One of the first things I did was to cut the battery out and throw it away. Then I saw the flames and ran to get the extinguisher.”
Firefighters from Southwold, Halesworth, Leiston, Aldeburgh and Ipswich were called out to the collision and they used cutting gear to remove the car’s roof.
Police and paramedics were also in attendance.
Smith received initial treatment at the scene before being taken to hospital with cuts and bruises.
However, he was not believed to have been seriously hurt.
Seventy passengers and crew were on board the train which had been travelling from Lowestoft to Ipswich. None were said to have been injured.
The train was travelling at around 45mph when the collision occurred.
A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “Joshua Jeffrey Smith, 21, of Mill Rise, Saxmundham, will appear at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court on December 3, 2013 in respect of dangerous driving at North Green level crossing.”