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Train crashes into level crossing at Norfolk Station

East Harling train
Gates under train - picture by Hannah Robinson

A train has crashed into a gate on a level crossing outside a station in Norfolk.

The accident happened when the Norwich to Liverpool service run by East Midlands Trains hit the gate jamming debris underneath.

Services were halted on the line causing delays on services to Cambridge and the Midlands.

Network Rail said a full investigation in to the cause of the accident is under way.

Crossing gate stuck

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: "The 1552 Norwich-Liverpool service was involved in an incident at Harling Road near Thetford when it struck the level crossing gates.

"No passengers on the train and none of the train crew were injured.

"There was minimal damage to the train, however part of the crossing gate became stuck underneath the train.

"Buses replaced trains for a time between Attleborough and Thetford until the gate was removed, allowing the line to re-open.

"We will be working closely with Network Rail to carry out a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident."

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