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Child Fights For Life After Crossing Crash
A young girl is fighting for her life after the car she was in collided with a train on an unmanned railway crossing.
The child was airlifted to hospital and is in intensive care following the incident in North Nottinghamshire.
The driver, a 67-year-old woman, was taken to hospital in nearby Doncaster with neck injuries and bruising.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "The child, a four-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries and has been airlifted to hospital in Sheffield, where she is in intensive care."
The level crossing is located close by Robin Hood airport and the incident was first reported to the BTP at around 12.35pm.
Sky's Frazer Maude, reporting from the scene, said debris could be seen as crash investigators worked under floodlights into the night.
"BTP officers were called to the rail line at Beech Hill crossing, Springs Road, Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire, following a report of a train striking a car," the BTP spokesman said.
There were no other occupants of the car and no passengers on the train were hurt in the incident.
"The train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, was damaged but has remained upright and on the tracks.
"Passengers were removed from the train and there are no reports of injuries," the spokesman said.
"Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the vehicle came to be on the tracks.
He added: "This will include establishing whether there were any witnesses to the incident, while specialist officers will also examine the scene and the car in question.
"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Office of Rail Regulation have been notified."
what do you think?
There's barriers at this level crossing so suggests they weren't working or she decided the jump the lights - tragic considering number of ads on lately warning against it
I fail to understand how this keeps happening. We have these crossings all over the place and it's frightening to think that they could fail. I can't imagine how else a car could come to be on the track at the same time as a train although I have seen some fools squeeze through as the gates come down. It looks like this woman just smashed through the barrier. Maybe she had a medical event - I hope they're ok.
If the barriers fail they drop automatically .
Hope they both make a recovery.
I think that all barriers should be replaced with gates, like in the old days, or there should by bridges over the tracks, do we waste money clearing up the mess afterwards, or make it impossible to happen, I know what I would choose. Because you can't trust peoples common sense any more
The big flashing lights in the report seem to indicate 'nothing was wrong' with the level crossing signalling - some people just won't wait! We had some fool push between us and the safety barrier on the M3 doing about 80 today, his aim it seems was to be one car in front - earlier we overtook a driver who was sending text messages! Just where do all these crazies come from!
I fail to understand why this happens so often or even at all, manned or unmanned, there are big flashing lights and a barrier. People need saving from themselves.
When I met my hubby he was working on the railway.These crossings are safe if used correctly.people have got no patience
I hope thay both get over this.god knows how some people ever pass there tests .the times i have met someone who can not back a car a short distance.i admit i did say to a lady if she had offord. .favors for a pass...
That woman needs to be prosecuted for causing the accident and made to pay for the damage to the train, police time and the loss of wages for all on the train.
Tragic these events seem to keep repeating themselves. Perhaps intergrate how to use them safety in driving lessons and tests would be a start. I wish a speedy recovery to all involved