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Barns Green Level Crossing Tragedy

Barns Green level crossing tragedy kills two as car is hit by train near Horsham

TWO PEOPLE are dead after a car was hit by a train at a level crossing in Barns Green, West Sussex, this morning.

PUBLISHED: 11:47, Sat, Feb 17, 2018| UPDATED: 13:02, Sat, Feb 17, 2018

 

British Transport Police Eddie Mitchell

British Transport Police were called to the scene at 8.47 am after reports that a car was struck

British Transport Police were called to the scene at 8.47 am after reports that a "car had been struck by a train.”

Officers are now trying to confirm the identity of the bodies and inform families about the incident.

Police said that both people were pronounced dead at the scene and officers are working to identify them and inform their families.

A spokesman said: "At present, officers are currently examining the scene to establish the circumstances which led to the car being struck."

“Two people have died this morning at Barns Green Level crossing, Horsham, after a car was struck by a train.

"We're at the scene and will remain there for the rest of the day, this is likely to have an impact on train services through the area.”

"There are no other reports of injuries or fatalities."

A spokesman for National Rail said that trains were not running between Horsham and Farnham due to the accident.

The spokesman added that widespread disruption is likely and commuters should plan ahead.

 

British Transport PoliceEddie Mitchell

British Transport Police tweeted: “Two people have died this morning at Barns Green"

National Rail tweeted: "Due to a serious car collision with a level crossing requiring emergency service attendance, all lines in the Christ's Hospital area are blocked and trains are currently unable to run between Horsham and Barnham.

Trains will be affected for the rest of the day, with buses in place between Horsham and Pulborough.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed and a probe has been launched.

 

car damagedPhilip Packer/Twitter

The mangled wreckage of a car that was hit by a train is inspected by police
Local resident Lucy Church tweeted: "Avoid Barns Green if you can - roads closed near our house on Emms Lane and police helicopter circling, as well as air ambulance.

"Reports of a train / car collision down the road at the level crossing going into the village."

At least 100 train passengers were taken to nearby Sumners Ponds campsite.

Sumners Ponds staff gave the passengers hot drinks and put a message on the village Facebook page, appealing for people to give the passengers a lift to Horsham station, the BBC reports.

The last of the train passengers left on a coach just after 11 am.

Campsite manager Matt Gale said that he had seen two trains at the level crossing as he arrived for work and a huge plume of smoke.

Anyone with any information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference of 07/02/18. Or send a text on 61016.

 

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