Eighteen people injured, three seriously, after a light two coach passenger train collided with a sewage tanker dutring rush hour in Suffolk England.
Eighteen people injured, three seriously, after a light two coach passenger train collided with a sewage tanker during rush hour in Suffolk England.
The collision involved a two-carriage diesel local service from Sudbury to Marks Tey and took place shortly after 5.30 pm at the Little Cornard unmanned crossing near the village of Bures, Anyone wishing to use the crossing first has to use a telephone to obtain permission from the signalman on duty. The 38 year-old driver of the tanker was arrested by police on suspicion of dangerous driving.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “The front carriage of the two car unit was derailed, but remained upright.” It is understood the train driver was trapped following the collision.
The fire and rescue service was reported to have been on the scene within four minutes of the incident,
A local resident said:“There are lots of emergency services here. They are still bringing ambulances up and down the road."
An officer with Suffolk Fire and Rescue said; “Ten casualties on board are receiving medical treatment. We are using winches and platforms to cut free one critically injured casualty.” The accident involved a 44-ton tanker from a local sewage plant. Investigators are focusing on the actions of the tanker driver and whether he made contact with the signal box before using the unmanned crossing .
The accident comes against a backdrop of a safety campaign by Network Rail, heavily condemned by rail unions, the campaign has repeatedly warned of the dangers posed by level crossings if instructions are not followed.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said “There are a total of 18 casualaties of which 14 are walking wounded. One of these was a child. Of the four other patients two were still trapped on the train while the other two have been removed with slightly less serious injuries.”
One critically injured passenger was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge while all other casualties were taken for treatment at Colchester General Hospital.
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