Page last updated at 13:20 GMT, Sunday, 17 January 2010

Fatal Herefordshire train collision investigated

The scene of the crash
The collision happened on Saturday morning near Moreton-on-Lugg

Investigations are continuing after a woman was killed when two cars were hit by a train on a level crossing in Herefordshire.

Jane Harding, 52, who lived nearby, was a passenger in one of the cars that was hit by the train near the village of Moreton-on-Lugg.

She was airlifted from the scene of the crash, which happened on Saturday morning, but died later in hospital.

Train services are still suspended between Hereford and Shrewsbury.

Buses have replaced rail services on the route.

Signal box

Mrs Harding's husband suffered serious pelvis and shoulder injuries in the crash and his being treated at Hereford County Hospital.

The crash scene
An investigation has started into how the crash happened

A mother and her 11-year-old daughter, who had been in the second car, were treated for minor injuries.

British Transport Police, West Mercia Police and Network Rail said they were investigating the cause of the collision.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

A number of passengers, a signalman and the driver of the 0830 GMT Arriva Trains Wales train from Manchester Piccadilly-to-Milford Haven were checked by paramedics for shock.

It is not yet known how the cars came to be on the track. The level crossing has barriers and lights and there is a signal box nearby.

The line will remain closed while investigations take place and the vehicles are removed, British Transport Police said.

A spokesperson said it was working to make sure the line was back up and running as soon as possible.

Police have urged any witnesses to contact them.



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