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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005, 18:15 GMT
Driver killed when train hits car
Train crash
The train pushed the car down the track, police said
A motorist died when a car was hit by a train at an unmanned level crossing in Norfolk, police have said.

The vehicle was stopped on the Church Road level crossing in Swainsthorpe when the crash happened on Sunday, the spokesman added.

Emergency services said the One Railways train pushed the car about a quarter of a mile down the track.

The driver, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

I thought the train was going to roll over... that was horrendous
Keith Waller, eyewitness

Eyewitness Keith Waller, who lives near the level crossing, said: "I heard this bang and when I looked over I saw a big ball of fire coming off the train.

"The train looked as though it was rocking. I then ran back in doors and dialled 999.

"When I ran back to the level crossing, police were there. I wanted to go back to the train.

"I thought the train was going to roll over... that was horrendous."

Emergency services attended the scene after a phone call from a member of the public.

'Train fire'

A fire service spokesman said: "The train hit the car and came to a halt 200 metres down the track.

"When the crew arrived the front of the train was on fire and the crew extinguished the fire."

There were 12 passengers on the train and Calvin Scott, from East Anglian Ambulance Service, said seven of them were treated at the scene.

There were no high speed trains on the Norwich to London mainline at the weekend because of engineering work.

An investigation is under way.


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