Littleport: Crash "Tragic Accident"

13 July 2012, 10:35 | Updated: 13 July 2012, 10:42

The death of a man, killed when a train hit a car on a level crossing near Littleport, is believed to be a 'tragic accident'.

The driver of the car, who the British Transport Police believe was a 64 year old man from the local area, was killed when the train hit his car on the Pleasant level crossing yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Emergency services, including the emergency medical charity Magpas, were called to the incident, however the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigations are continuing into the exact cause of the crash, which involved a Kia Sportage car and the 12:56pm First Capital Connect train travelling from London King's Cross to Kings Lynn.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "BTP officers were called to Pleasant level crossing, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on Thursday, 12 July, following a report of a car being struck by a train.

Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers also attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 1.15pm, along with local fire and ambulance services.

The driver of the car, who is believed to be a 64-year-old man from the local area, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the Kia Sportage came to be on the tracks.

Inspector Bob Munn, of BTP, added: "Our thoughts remain with the man's family during what must be a very difficult and sad time.

We will be continuing our enquiries today however the indications show that, at this stage, it is believed to have been a tragic accident."

A file is now being prepared for the coroner.