Train crash: Police probe history of crossing

POLICE are to investigate the history of a level crossing where a train collided with a tanker leaving 21 people injured.

POLICE are to investigate the history of a level crossing where a train collided with a tanker leaving 21 people injured.

The two-carriage train struck the large sewage tanker carrying “sludge” at the unmanned level crossing at Little Cornard, near Sudbury, last night.

The crash is being investigated by British Transport Police.

Speaking from the scene today British Transport Police Chief Constable Andrew Trotter said the history of the level crossing and any previous issues there would form part of the overall investigation into exactly what happened.


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He said: “We are still gathering evidence from the train. It is a major engineering challenge.

“These crossings are perfectly safe if used properly.

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“We are looking at the history of this particular line to see if there are any issues.”

Residents in the area today said they could not remember any accident at the crossing - at which drivers have to stop and call a special number in order to cross - for at least 20 years.

The train, the 17.31 National Express East Anglia service, was travelling between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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