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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

Train involved in Silverdale smash was travelling from Sellafield to Crewe

British Transport Police has announced the driver of a car involved in a train crash at Silverdale level crossing was a 46-year-old man from near Kendal.

EM Train collision map

The train was travelling from the Sellafield power plant in West Cumbria to Crewe in Cheshire.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman today said: “BTP were called on yesterday following a report that a car had been struck by a freight train at New Road level crossing, Silverdale in Lancashire.

“BTP officers attended the incident, which was reported at 7.05pm, alongside colleagues from Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue service.

“The driver of the vehicle, a 46-year-old man from near Kendal, was not in the car at the time of the collision, and there were no other reported injuries.

“The train remained upright and on the tracks during the incident and the car, a silver Fiesta, was removed from the tracks at 12.50am.

“Officers will now be working to establish how the car came to be on the tracks.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office and Rail Regulation have been informed.”

Bus replacement services had been organised after a freight train hit a car at Silverdale.

British Transport Police say no-one has been hurt in the crash.

The driver of the train was treated for shock.

Have your say

I was waiting to get the 20.10 train to Preston, then needing a connection to Manchester. Although my travel was disrupted significantly, the staff at Barrow were marvellous. I can't see what more they could have done, and acted with admirable professionalism under massive pressure. Thankfully nobody died, as the situation pointed to a far more dire outcome.

Posted by mark wilson on 16 January 2014 at 13:33

And when the bus eventually did arrive the driver through no fault of his own did not know the route and took us to Silverdale crossing where the accident was which was of course closed and we had to turn back. Bus had a Manchester area phone code on so what chance did the driver have?

I know the railway cannot predict when road vehicles are going to be on crossing when trains come but the response to the customers who buy the tickets from this one was poor at best.

Incidents will always happen so why was the railway not better prepared?

Posted by Disappointed regular train traveller on 15 January 2014 at 01:25

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