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Crash on rail crossing kills two



Crash on rail crossing kills two

Men died after train travelling at 60mph hit car at Great Coates crossing in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, police say

 Press Association

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 April 2013 06.24 BST

Two men died when a train hit their car on a crossing in Lincolnshire, British Transport police said. Photograph: David Mansell for the Guardian

Two men have died after their car was hit by a train on a railway crossing in Lincolnshire.
The passenger train was travelling at 60mph when it hit the vehicle on the crossing at Great Coates in Grimsby, British Transport police said. One of the men in the car died at the scene and the other en route to hospital.

None of the five passengers on the TransPennine Cleethorpes to Scunthorpe commuter service was injured, police said.
Lyndsey Downes, who lives near the scene of the accident, called the emergency services after she and her husband heard "an extremely loud bang", the BBC said.

"We (then) saw some sort of debris flying past the window and the train screeching to a halt," she said.

"We opened the door to go outside to see what it was and one of my neighbours shouted to ring 999, which I did. I then kept out of the way and I could see it all unfolding up the road."

She said her neighbours tried to help at the scene before paramedics arrived.

Nicola Maasdam, chairwoman of Great Coates Village Council, told the BBC residents would be in shock.

"It's absolutely tragic and our thoughts go out to the families of those people who have lost their lives," she said.

"There will be shock. It's such a small village and we haven't had an incident on the railway for years and years, and for something as serious as this, it is really upsetting."

A BTP spokesman said the accident happened at 7.39pm on Tuesday at the automatic half barrier crossing at Great Coates in Grimsby and that all passengers were safely taken off the train.

"We are keeping an open mind but indications so far are that the crossing was working correctly and this was a tragic accident," the spokesman said.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch had been informed, police said.

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