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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 December, 2003, 14:08 GMT
Train firm sues driver over crash
South West Trains' train
The company is suing for damage caused to a train
A train company is to sue a lorry driver who it says caused a rail crash on a level crossing.

South West Trains is to take legal action over the incident near Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 2 July 2001, in which the 0740 Gillingham to London Waterloo service hit a lorry which had become stuck on the tracks.

The firm alleges that the lorry driver failed to call the signalman to warn him he was going to use the crossing.

The unmanned level crossing requires would-be users to contact the signalman and get permission to cross the line.

The lorry got stuck on the line, and was struck by a train which could not stop in time.

The driver of the train was treated for a back injury and shock after the low-speed crash, but the company said no passengers were hurt.

South West Trains is seeking compensation for damage to the train.

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