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Friday, 31 August, 2001, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Train crashes into car
Car wreckage
The car was destroyed in the accident
A motorist escaped with minor injuries after his car crashed into the path of an oncoming train.

He scrambled from the vehicle just before it was hit and burst into flames.

One train passenger needed treatment for shock.

Investigations are now under way into the cause of the crash at Wilsford, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, at 1730 BST on Thursday.

Railway staff
Staff worked to reopen the line
It is believed the car skidded off the road just before a level crossing and landed on the railway track as the Nottingham to Skegness train was approaching.

PC Paul Gleadell, of British Transport Police, said: "The conditions were quite poor. Rain was falling heavily.

"The barriers (at the crossing) were in full operation.

"The car came round the corner and it seems to have lost control and come off the road ending up on the tracks."

PC Peter Eldred said the train was thought to be approaching at 50mph when the car crashed into its path.

'Driver lucky'

The car driver, from Sleaford, jumped clear.

The train then hit his car and pushed it along the tracks before it bust into flames.

Mr Eldred said: "Obviously any driver who has a crash and escapes without serious injury is lucky."

The 49 passengers from the Central Trains 1706 Nottingham to Skegness service continued their journey by bus.

The line was repaired during the night and is back in full operation.

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