Train hits woman trapped on line

Passers-by tried in vain to save a woman from an oncoming train after her foot became stuck in tracks at a level crossing, it has emerged.

Elliot Furniss

A WOMAN has been killed in an horrific accident after her foot apparently became trapped in a level crossing as a train approached.

The victim was struck at the crossing in Hythe Park Road, Colchester, at about 8.10pm last night.

It is believed she tried to cross the line when the barriers were down but her foot got caught in some slats.

Two men desperately tried in vain to free her as the train bore down on them, but they were unable to release her foot.

A police spokesman said: “A woman in her late 20s died at the scene after she attempted to cross the line when the barriers were down and got her foot stuck in the wooden guards of the crossing and became trapped.

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“Two men attempted to pull her free from the crossing as the train, which was travelling between 40mph and 50mph, approached.”

Fire crews from Wivenhoe, Manningtree and Colchester were called to the scene along with police and paramedics.

A fire service spokesman said the woman was on foot at the time of the incident and a man found at the scene was also placed in the care of the ambulance service.

He was taken to Colchester General Hospital for treatment to his injuries.

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