Train crash tanker driver charged

THE 38-year-old driver of a tanker involved in a collision with a train has been charged with endangering safety on the railway.

The man from Ely, Cambridgeshire, had been held in custody since Tuesday’s crash at an unmanned level crossing at Little Cornard near Sudbury, which injured 22 people.

He will go before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, a spokesman for the British Transport Police confirmed tonight.

A 58-year-old passenger remains “serious but stable” at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The train driver is thought to have a fractured vertebrae.

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A spokesman for the BTP said: “I can confirm a man has been charged after a train struck a tanker on a level crossing in Little Cornard on Tuesday.

“After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, British Transport Police detectives charged the man, a 38-year-old from Ely, with endangering safety on the railway.

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“He will appear before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on Friday.”

Three men and two women were also treated for broken ribs, back pain, chest pain and heavy bruising following the accident.

One person was discharged from hospital yesterday and the other four are expected to be allowed home later.

The recovery of the two-carriage train from the track took place earlier today and services are expected to resume tomorrow morning.

National Express East Anglia has been working closely with Network Rail and replacement buses have been set up for passengers travelling between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

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