Train Hits Car At Shiplake Crossing

Less than two weeks after British Transport Police started a campaign to stop drivers taking risks at Shiplake Crossing in Oxfordshire, a car has been hit by a train there.

The 58-year-old driver of the car, from Abingdon, was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with serious injuries after the crash just before 6.30pm last night (Thursday).

He was later discharged after being treated for a broken arm.

The small commuter train, carrying around 30 passengers from Henley to Twyford, remained upright and no-one on board was injured.

Passengers were evacuated while trains were suspended on the line and replacement bus services were laid on.

A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said:

"I can confirm that BTP were called to Shiplake level crossing at 6.26pm after a report of a train colliding with a vehicle.

"BTP and Thames Valley Police attended alongside local ambulance and fire services.

"Officers are currently investigating the circumstances, speaking to witnesses and are appealing for anyone with information to contact police.''

Lines were reopened at 12.40am.

The crash follows a near miss on the same crossing less than a month ago, in which a train driver had to make an emergency stop.

This prompted police to start a three month safety campaign at Shiplake warning drivers against taking risks when the lights are flashing.

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