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Friday, 12 July, 2002, 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK
Train collides with car
Map showing Balnacra
A train has hit a car on a line in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands.

The 33-year-old car driver has been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with minor injuries.

There were about 30 people on the train. No-one was hurt.

The accident happened just after 1500 BST at the Balnacra level crossing between Strathcarron and Achnashellach on the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness route.

The service involved was the 1504 to Inverness.

A ScotRail spokesman said the train was only slightly damaged.

An investigation is being launched.

Safety fears

Buses are being organised to take passengers to Inverness.

In May, concern was expressed about the Garve level crossing on the same line, 26 miles from Inverness.

It was said to have the worst safety record in Scotland for drivers ignoring red lights at level crossings.

By then, 49 drivers had triggered cameras this year by driving through the red warning lights.

This represents a 350% increase on the same period last year.

Railtrack said those responsible were posing a major safety risk.

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23 May 02 | England
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