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A woman has been ordered to attend court on a charge of careless driving after her car was hit by a train on a level crossing.

Eileen Lawrence, 72, from Fairbourne, near Barmouth, Gwynedd, wrote to Dolgellau magistrates admitting guilt.

She said she did not see the train approaching at a level crossing at Fairbourne. The case was adjourned until 17 September.

The emergency brakes had to be used on a train with 80 passengers on board.

Prosecutor Ian Evans said: "Fairbourne village was cut off for several hours and train services were disrupted."

Court clerk Alex Peate said Mrs Lawrence had three penalty points and a "corrective eyesight restriction" on her licence.

Chairman of the magistrates Caerwyn Roberts said the defendant should appear in person and adjourned the hearing.

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