Train Hits Empty Car

A passenger train has hit an empty car on a level crossing in Kent.

BTP and Kent Police officers were called to Cliff's End level crossing in Ramsgate, Kent, shortly before 5am on Wednesday, 19 October following a report of a train striking a car on the tracks.

"The train, the 4.50am Ramsgate to London Charing Cross service, collided with a black Vauxhall Astra, which was stationary on the crossing. There was no one inside the car at the time of the collision.

"The train remained upright on the tracks and none of the four passengers or staff onboard were injured.

"Kent Fire & Rescue Service and the South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended.

"An investigation has been launched to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the car came to be on the crossing.

"Following initial enquiries, a man and a woman, aged in their fourties and from Cliff's End, were arrested on suspicion of obstruction and being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs.

"They were taken into custody and are currently helping officers with their enquiries.

"Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation to come forward."

Anyone with information should call BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident 42 of 19/10/2011.