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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Tractor driver dies in rail crash
Tractor wreckage
Tractor driver died in the accident
A tractor driver has died in an accident involving a train at a level crossing on the Cambs/Norfolk border.

The accident happened on Wednesday at an area called Black Horse Drove between Littleport and Downham Market.

The collision took place shortly after noon on a stretch of single track and involved WAGN's 1045 BST service between King's Cross and King's Lynn.

Emergency services are on the scene. It is understood that none of the 32 train passengers was seriously injured.

A WAGN spokeswoman said the train had been travelling at 90mph, which is standard speed, at the time of the accident. Despite the collision the train remained on the tracks.

These incidents happen fairly rarely. These crossings are inherently safe when used properly
Insp Robert Munn

A Network Rail spokesman said the accident happened at a level crossing on a farm.

The crossing had barriers on both sides, warning lights and an audible alarm, he added.

One of the 32 passengers on board was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury. The train driver was treated for shock.

Police said the tractor driver's body had been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

The damaged train
The driver of the train suffered shock in the crash

Insp Robert Munn, of British Transport Police, said the drivers of large or slow-moving vehicles had to phone for permission to cross the rail line.

"One of the lines of inquiry is whether he sought permission to use the crossing.

"These incidents happen fairly rarely. These crossings are inherently safe when used properly," he said.

Train services in the area are expected to remain suspended until Thursday. Replacement buses have been laid on.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) will carry out an investigation.




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