Downham Market: Car Hit By Train

12 July 2012, 14:36 | Updated: 12 July 2012, 15:45

A man has died after the car he was driving was struck by a passenger train near Downham Market in Norfolk.

The driver's vehicle was hit by a London-bound First Capital Connect (FCC) train at the Pleasants level crossing.

None of the estimated 60 passengers on the train, which had left King's Lynn in Norfolk at 12.56pm, was hurt and the train was not derailed.

An NR spokesman went on: "Those using the crossing get red and green signals to guide them. The crossing goes across a private road in farmland and serves a few houses.

It has a number or registered users and other members of the public are not allowed to use it."

The train was slightly damaged in the incident, coming to a halt just down the track. Arrangements were being made to take passengers on to their destinations by bus.

British Transport Police has released the following statement:

"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 vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police are currently working to establish the full circumstances including how the car came to be on the tracks." 

The train involved was the 12.56pm Kings Lynn to Kings Cross service.