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'Barriers up' in Herefordshire level crossing crash

The scene of the crash
The barriers have been checked and are now working normally, police said

Safety barriers were up at a level crossing in Herefordshire where a woman was killed by a train, British Transport Police have said.

Jane Harding, 52, was a passenger in one of two cars on the crossing when a train crashed into it in Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefordshire, on Saturday.

Her husband, who was driving, suffered pelvis and shoulder injuries. Two other people were treated for minor injuries.

BTP said it was carrying out a full investigation alongside Network Rail.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is also looking into the matter.

Mrs Harding's family have said they are "devastated" by the loss and described her as a "happy and generous person".

'Difficult weeks'

Police said the crossing had been checked and was operating normally now, although drivers were urged to take care due to flooding on nearby roads.

The line between Hereford and Shrewsbury closed over the weekend while investigations were carried out and reopened on Monday.

The crash on Saturday morning involved the 0830 GMT Arriva Trains Wales train from Manchester Piccadilly to Milford Haven.

Jane Harding
Jane Harding was a happy and generous person, her family said

A mother and daughter in the second car had minor injuries. It is not yet known how the cars came to be on the tracks.

Several passengers, a signalman and the train's driver were checked by paramedics for shock.

In a statement, Mrs Harding's family said she would be greatly missed.

"For the moment, we need to concentrate on supporting Mark and their son, Joe, in the difficult weeks to come," the statement said.

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