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Eighteen hurt in train and lorry crash in Suffolk

The BBC reports that eighteen people have been hurt, four seriously injured, as a train derailed in a crash with a lorry on a level crossing in Suffolk.

The two-carriage diesel passenger train was in collision with the sewage tanker in Little Cornard, Sudbury, at about 1735 BST.

Network Rail said the train driver of the 1731 service from Sudbury to Marks Tey was one of four seriously ill.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Suffolk Police have described the crash, at the level crossing in Sewage Works Lane, as a "major incident". Fire crews are also at the scene.

Life-threatening injuries

The East of England Ambulance Service said two people who had been trapped on the train suffered life-threatening injuries.

Two others also suffered injuries which were less serious.

It described the other 14 as "walking wounded".

All the injured people were being taken to hospital for treatment, many to Colchester General Hospital.

At least one person was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

British Transport Police (BTP) said there were 20 people on board the train.

A fire service spokeswoman said it had been the rear of the train's two carriages which derailed in the crash. Both train carriages remained upright.

Network Rail said the level crossing was on private land and had a locked gate on it.

It said anyone wanting to go across the level crossing needed to call the signaller to raise the gates. However, it said it had not received any calls prior to the crash.

'Massive bang'

Sharon Smith, 49, who was in her nearby garden when the crash happened, said: "I heard a massive bang.

"Everybody in the area ran to see what happened.

Location map of crash

"At first I thought it was a car accident. But when I ran up the road I could see two carriages had hit a tanker."

She said many passengers got out of the train and gathered at the sides of the road.

Ms Smith said she stood in the road to help clear traffic.

Network Rail said the train involved was a service run by National Express East Anglia.

In a statement, it said: "The crossing is a user-worked crossing with gates and telephone.

"The Network Rail signaller did not receive a phone call from the user of the crossing."

In a statement BTP said it had sent a senior detective to the scene.


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