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Rail crossing crash victim was 92
Wreckage of car after crash
The train was travelling at more than 60mph when it hit the car
A man who died when his car drove into the path of a train at a level crossing in North Yorkshire on Saturday was a 92-year-old retired farmer, police say.

Leonard Maud was killed when his Ford Escort hit the York to Scarborough train at Rillington, near Malton.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "It's sad that a local man of his age should end his life in such a way."

Meanwhile, train services which were suspended on Saturday were running normally on Sunday, Network Rail said.

Repairs under way

Engineers were carrying out repairs and tests to the automatic crossing at Rillington in between trains passing, a Network Rail spokeswoman said.

Investigations by British Transport Police and North Yorkshire Police into the events leading up to Saturday morning's tragedy were continuing.

It emerged on Saturday that the two-carriage train was travelling at 60-70mph when the car collided with the side of a carriage as it passed through the crossing.

Initial inquiries suggested that the crossing had been operating correctly, with its warning lights flashing.

But the investigation would study the electronics at the crossing and information from the train's black box regarding its speed and braking, British Transport Police said.

A policeman at the crash site explains what happened

Man killed in rail crossing crash
17 Sep 05 |  North Yorkshire

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